In a growing valley like Arizona where the city is always constructing a highway addition, widening streets, and repairing potholes, it’s nearly impossible to not see some sort of construction work being done. For drivers, roadwork can be frustrating, but understanding its importance is crucial; to ensure the safety of the road system.
Below are some helpful tips for sharing the road with our construction workers such as L&L Asphalt and helping keep our communities safe, together.
Check for Delays
Thankfully with today’s advanced technology, it’s much easier to find out if there will be any delays on your travel route. Arizona’s Department of Transportation does well in keeping their website updated. Radio stations, news stations, Google, and phone reports based on your area are all great ways to find out how traffic may be. You can also dial 511 from anywhere in Arizona to request information on specific roadways. Then maybe consider using an alternate route to avoid areas with either rush-hour or heavy delays expected.
Watch Your Speed
Speeding puts drivers and pedestrians on the road at risk, regardless of whether they are driving through a work zone or not. Reduced speed limits in work zones protect workers and motorists alike. It is also legal to drive the posted speed limit (traffic fines double in work and school zones), and it’s also a more fuel-efficient choice.
Eyes on the Road
Studies show that taking your eyes off the road – even for a few seconds – puts your life and those around you at risk, including pedestrians, workers, and other road users. Distracted drivers cause thousands of car accidents each year. The use of a navigation system, texting, making phone calls, and adjusting the radio station are just some examples of distracted driving. Minimizing distractions while driving helps to make the road safe for everyone.
Obey All Instructions
Workers, slow-moving equipment, and upcoming lane closures are announced by signs and message boards. Watch out for flaggers’ signals, such as extended palms indicating “stop”. It is imperative that you obey these instructions overriding any other traffic signs or signals; it is even possible that you may notice that permanent signs are defaced or covered somehow. Work zones are also marked with barriers such as cones, drums, and panels to guide you as you navigate through the area safely.
Here are some additional tips for safely sharing the road with workers:
- Buckle up
- Be patient
- Merge early
- Expect the unexpected
- Keep your headlights on
- Maintain a safe following distance
ABOUT L&L ASPHALT
L&L Asphalt is dedicated to getting the job done safely, on time, and within budget. We always use the highest quality materials and state-of-the-art application techniques. We are well-equipped to serve the Greater Phoenix area with parking lot construction, asphalt repair, crack sealing, and pavement resurfacing. Contact us today at (623) 434-1200 for more information.
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