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Innovations - Work Zone Safety and Traffic Flow Initiatives
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Techniques reduce work zone delays and decrease driver frustration
Work zone delays increase travel costs for motorists, disrupt deliveries of materials and products, and increase driver aggression and incidents of road rage incidents. The highway community can improve work zone traffic flow and safety by assessing work zone impact on drivers and implementing techniques to reduce the number and duration of work zones, the number of travelers affected by work zones and the severity of hazards to drivers in work zones.
The safety and traffic flow enhancement techniques highway agencies can employ supplement normal operating procedures and practices used on highway construction projects.
A simple assessment process helps gain commitment for implementing the techniques appropriate to a given work zone:
Successful implementation of appropriate techniques requires support from all agency departments and cooperation from the highway contractor and subcontractors.
Successful techniques that have been used, individually or in combination, to improve work zone traffic flow and safety include the following:
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