Fall in Michigan brings many reasons for Michiganders to celebrate. While the end of summer is often met with the promise of cool temperatures, changing leaves, and football season, is does not mark the end of the state’s road construction season, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).
In fact, numerous road and bridge projects will last through November, MDOT says. Although many MDOT projects have recently celebrated completions, a number of projects will remain active as they wrap up work. In addition, motorists may notice new work zones appearing as crews perform necessary maintenance before winter weather sets in.
That is why MDOT is asking all road users to remain alert and focused as they travel through work zones. Road construction is dangerous work year-round. Fall road construction is especially challenging due to changes in weather, fewer daylight hours, a return to busier travel patterns, and construction fatigue. Construction fatigue is best described as the complacent attitude motorists have after spending months slowing down in work zones, only to be faced with new or ongoing construction work.
According to MDOT, everyone can do their part for work zone safety. Motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists should give work zones their full attention, eliminate distractions, slow down, and remain calm.
“Workers should make safety their number one priority by being alert and working without distractions,” according to MDOT in a press release. “Work zone safety is critical because every person, workers and road users, deserve to make it home to their families at the end of the day. If we work together, we can achieve zero deaths on our roads and in our work zones. Remember: Work Zones are a Sign to Slow Down.”
MDOT also recommends being prepared for road and bridge work by regularly checking the Mi Drive website at www.Michigan.gov/Drive. In addition to showing current and upcoming work happening on I, M and US routes, the website also shows current traffic incidents that may cause delays as well.
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