During National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 4-10), the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR), the Transportation Industry and its Highway Safety Partners remind motorists to use caution and drive safely when approaching and driving through highway work zones.
With highway construction and maintenance crews gearing up for a busy spring and summer, extra caution is needed on the part of both drivers and highway workers.
The last few years have provided good news for our State’s highway work zones.
Since 2004, when 14 fatalities occurred in work zone crashes in Nebraska, the numbers have significantly decreased. The number of fatalities in 2009, the last year data is available, was 4.
Technology continues to play an important role in highway safety. NDOR has 45 permanent changeable message boards and at least 183 portable message boards at strategic locations throughout the State.
With these message boards, “real time” information about congestion or incidents can be provided to alert motorists farther ahead to take an
alternate route or to change plans accordingly.
Nebraska’s statewide 511 telephone system is available to provide 24-hour a day, year-round traveler, road and weather conditions information. The most up-to-date information and reported driving conditions are also available on the Internet at www.511nebraska.org.
Drivers and workers must share the highway in times of construction, repair, and maintenance work. When the driver of a vehicle, commercial truck or a piece of construction equipment stays alert, wears their safety belt and is aware of their speed and surroundings, mistakes can be avoided.
Remember, highway work zones are a temporary inconvenience, and if driving isn’t worth your full attention, what is?