It’s that time of year again; the birds are chirping, the flowers are in brilliant bloom, and construction zones, sometimes called “cone zones,” are everywhere. It is no surprise that the first break in winter weather gives city crews an opportunity to get out and start their long list of summer projects. The Littleton Streets Division staff are already busy patching potholes, repairing shattered concrete, sealing cracks in the road surface, and milling and overlaying the city’s busy roadways.
In Colorado alone, there were 17 fatalities caused by work-zone crashes in 2017. With that in mind, there are a few tips and tricks to help keep everyone safe. Slow down to the work zone speed limit and be aware of surroundings. Occasionally, construction can protrude into the drive area and traffic may come to a complete stop or slow down significantly. Stay calm, be patient, and of course, stay off the phone. Mobile device users are four times more likely to be involved in a crash. Pay attention to the work zone signs, which are there to help inform and warn drivers. Cones, barrels, and pavement markings also serve to help drivers navigate safely through the work zones.
Next time there are orange cones, remember to be safe. Though work zones may sometimes seem like a hassle or inconvenience, just remember; the work being done today will improve the commute tomorrow!