Work Zone Awareness, Dedham, April 10, 2014
MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey joined his team from the MassDOT Highway Division, the Massachusetts State Police, elected officials, the Federal Highway Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and members of the construction industry to implore motorists to slow down and avoid all distractions when entering work zones.
“The investment in and the maintenance of our transportation network requires men and women to work alongside motor vehicles moving at a high rate of speed,” said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey. “We want to end this construction season with a spotless safety record and we need the public’s help.”
“Many sections of our nation’s roads will be busy with workers and drivers in the coming months as construction activity picks up,” said FHWA Deputy Administrator Greg Nadeau. “By following the rules of the road in work zones, we can keep people safe during National Work Zone Awareness Week and all year long.”
MassDOT and the Massachusetts State Police this year are continuing the Work Zone Speed Enforcement program at work zones across the Commonwealth. Since 2011, there have been more than 10,200 citations issued as part of the enforcement program including 1,016 violations of the Move Over Law, 6,749 speeding violations, 742 seatbelt violations, 92 arrests including 16 arrests for drivers suspected of operating under the influence.
For the first time this construction season, MassDOT will be deploying portable rumble strip arrays to slow traffic down in the approach to a lane drop on the highway and a system of barrels or drums with a sequential light system that will better funnel traffic into a work zone.