ConnDOT: Work Zone Safety Awareness

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Annual CT Work Zone Safety Awareness

Press Conference to be held April 7th, 2016

As part of National Workzone Awareness Week
April 11th - 15th, 2016


CTDOT is hosting our Annual Press Conference event at CTDOT's Headquarters
On April 7th, 2016 at 10 AM.

 Joining us as partners in workzone safety that day are Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman,
our very own 'Slow Down Sam', the Bridgeport SoundTigers and their mascot, 'Storm',
various State and Local Emergency Services supports, and our highway maintainers.

Featured guests are the winners of our CT Roadway Safety Poster contest for Children.
The winners and 2nd runners up of each age group will be recognized at the press conference!

Remember, safety is no accident and it starts with YOU!
Learn more about National Workzone Awareness Week at NationalWorkZoneAwarenessWeek.

See this article from FHWA: A Decade of Success.

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Click here to view the 2016 FHWA National Work Zone Awareness Week Fact Sheet!



Show your support of Work Zone Safety by wearing orange on Wednesday, April 13th!

Join the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) movement by taking an "orange selfie",
and share your photo on social media! Use the hashtags #OrangeforSafety and #NWZAW

And, as always, represent CTDOT by using #ObeytheOrange!!
Learn more at #GoOrange

Your roadway workers and highway maintainers thank you for your support.

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Our Work Zone Safety Campaign mascots show up wherever YOU are to remind all our
motorists to "Slow Down for Work Zones"!  If you see us around, come say hello to
WorkZone Wally, Slow Down Sam, and Darryl the Barrel Dog!




Useful Links


{USFHWA} {WZ Safety Information Clearinghouse} {CT Travel Information Map} {FARS Encyclopedia} {Fleet Safety Video} {CTDOT Safety Page}
{CT Approved Flagger Programs}
U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway AdministrationU.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse Connecticut Travel Information Map

Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) Encyclopedia

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Traveling Through A Work Zone

Department of Transportation Safety Page

CT Approved
Flagger Programs

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Work zones can present unfamiliar situations to all roadway users. Hazards presented to our
traveling public include changes in traffic patterns, closed or narrowed travel lanes, closed
sidewalks, and the presence of construction equipment and personnel.

Our work continues to save lives and prevent injuries in work zones!  Check out the most recent available data from 2014:

  • Driver and vehicle passengers accounted for 82% of work zone fatalities;
  • 669 work zone traffic-related fatalities occurred (up 13% from 2013), with 46 crashes involving multiple fatalities;
  • 31,251 work zone injuries occurred (a 9% increase from 2013);
  • 116 worker fatalities occurred (a 9% increase from 2013); and
  • 246 large trucks and buses (235 large trucks, 11 buses) were involved in fatal crashes in work zones (a 27% increase from 2013).

Don't be that driver!  Work on Safety.  Get Home Safely.  Every Day.

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CTDOT honors and remembers all the men and women who have perished
while working in highway work zones.  Even 1 is too many!

{10 Tips For Safe Driving In WorkZones}

As drivers, passengers, cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians, we are all responsible for keeping work zones safe.
Below are tips for travelling in work zones:

  • Expect the Unexpected. Things may change overnight on the routes you travel everyday. Normal speed limits may be reduced; traffic lanes and sidewalks may be closed, narrowed, or shifted; and people may be working on or near the road.
  • Stay Alert. Dedicate your full attention to the roadway and avoid distraction while approaching and driving/walking/biking in a work zone
  • Keep a Safe Distance between you and the car ahead of you. Rear-end collisions account for 30% of work zone crashes.
  • Obey Speed Limit. Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes.
  • Keep Up with the Traffic Flow. Donít slow down to look at road work.
  • Obey Road Crew Flaggers and Pay Attention to the Signs. The flagger knows what is best for moving all road users safely through the work zone. The construction signs are there to help every one move safely through the work zone.
  • Know Before You Go. Check radio, TV, and websites for traffic information; and schedule enough time so you can reach your destination on time and safely.
  • Be Patient and Stay Calm. Work zones are not there to personally inconvenience you. Remember, the crew members are working to improve the transportation system.
  • Wear Your Seatbelt. It is your best defense in a crash.

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Safety Manuals and Guides

{Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices}
{29 CFR 1926 OSHA Construction Industry Regulations}
{CT Work Zone Improvement Plan} {2010 Work Zone Review Report} {2011-2012 Work Zone Review Report}
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices - 2009 Edition

29 CFR 1926 OSHA Construction Industry Regulations

Connecticut Work Zone Improvement Plan

2010 Work Zone Review Report

2011-2012 Work Zone Review Report
{2013 Work Zone Review Report} {2014 Work Zone Review Report}
  2013 Work Zone Review Report  

2014 Work Zone Review Report


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