June 26, 2018
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “work smarter, not harder.” For the Iowa Department of Transportation, our use of intelligent transportation system (ITS) tools is making driving through many of our work zones safer for everyone.
Last year, 10 people died in crashes in Iowa work zones. Of those 10, seven were motorists and three were construction workers. To reduce the number of work zone crashes and fatalities and improve traffic flow we’re using many tools geared to give motorists more information and help you make better decisions while driving through these areas.
You’re headed down the road at a comfortable cruising speed when you see a “ROAD WORK AHEAD” sign. What do you do? What are drivers around you doing? Are all the cars shifting to another lane? What are the workers you’re about to encounter doing?
The best advice when coming up on a work zone is to expect the unexpected and follow these simple guidelines.
Contrast that to travel on an interstate or four-lane highway. There’s not much that’s leisurely about driving in traffic. You always have to be at your best and pay attention to what’s going on around you. That means keeping an appropriate speed and using the left lane for passing, returning to the right lane as quickly as possible to help keep traffic flowing safely and efficiently.