FLAGGER AHEAD: Means changes ahead!

WORK ZONES: - Safety by Design

whistleHighway signs come in all sizes, shapes, and colors, and each one is designed to provide drivers with certain information about the road ahead. We can adjust our driving to accommodate the conditions that we have been alerted to by the signs we see along the roadside. The signs we see every day become familiar to us - even to the point where we may not notice them at all after a while. Highway work zones are becoming increasingly common, and we need to pay
special attention to the orange signs that are used to alert us to new and special conditions in or around the roadway - conditions that may change several times in a single day!

The orange signs that occasionally show up along the roadside are meant to grab our attention, and alert us to the fact that there is some kind of highway work zone ahead. The color orange is set aside for work zones, and is a warning that our familiar highway environment now contains something new and unexpected. We should expect to see construction equipment or maintenance vehicles, highway workers in the roadway, or perhaps a utility crew working on the roadside. The orange signs we see leading up to a work zone will give us important clues
about what we may encounter.

Read the Orange signs... they change.

PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THESE TYPICAL WORK ZONE SITUATIONS

It’s important to pay close attention every time through a familiar work zone - as work progresses, changes in the traffic patterns may often occur, even several times a day. Don’t take anything for granted, and watch for the orange signs!

Work zones often require the closing of a traffic lane. You may have to stop, and wait your turn to proceed through a single lane of traffic. Watch for the flagger, and pay particular attention to the sign paddle (it says STOP on one side, and SLOW on the other) that the flagger will use to guide you.

THE FLAGGER HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO DIRECT TRAFFIC THROUGH THE WORK ZONE
ALWAYS WATCH FOR THE SIGNALS AND INSTRUCTIONS THAT FLAGGERS GIVE.

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The flagger is probably your best friend in a work zone. He or she has your best interests at heart, and wants to get you (and everyone else, by the way) through the work zone as safely and as quickly as possible. Construction workers don’t want you to be delayed in their work zone any more than you want to be kept waiting - but work zones often require that lanes be closed, and this may mean that both directions of traffic must now share a single lane.

It’s the flagger’s job to oversee this shared traffic lane, and to make sure that traffic flows smoothly, and safely. Often this is done by allowing first one direction, and then the other, to pass through the single lane. If traffic levels increase, this situation may mean that you could have to wait a while to pass through. It’s important to be patient, and wait for the flagger to direct you to proceed, usually by turning the paddle to change the “Stop” sign to a “Slow” sign.
This means that you should proceed carefully through the work zone, being sure to watch for, and obey, all other work zone signs and pavement markings that you may encounter before exiting the work zone.

Also read: We’ve gone ORANGE! #OrangeforSafety #NWZAWNational Work Zone Awareness Week,

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