Georgia DOT Urges Caution as Construction Season Ramps Up
GEORGIA – According to a report posted online at constructionequipmentguide.com, the Georgia Department of Transportation is urging drivers to use caution as construction season ramps up in the state. The warmer weather means that road projects will be much more prevalent, and drivers need to do their part to keep workers and other motorists safe.*
The Georgia DOT anticipates that numerous construction projects will begin soon and continue through the summer this year, including the Transform 285/400 Project in the Atlanta metro, the Interstate 85 expansion project that extends through several counties, and the Interstate 16/Interstate 75 reconstruction project in Macon-Bibb County.
With so many large projects coming up and numerous smaller projects taking place, the Georgia DOT wants to remind drivers about safety in work zones. National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week took place in April, with the theme of “Drive Like You Work Here.” Officials want to extend that message throughout the construction season.
In 2018, more than 50 traffic deaths occurred in Georgia construction zones. None of these fatalities included construction workers, which is in step with the state and national pattern — Most victims in construction zone accidents are the drivers or passengers of the vehicles involved.
However, workers are still extremely vulnerable in these situations, and officials are urging drivers to use good judgment, slow down, and drive carefully through all work zones.
“Whether your office has walls or your office is on the roadway, everyone deserves to get home safely,” said the Georgia DOT in a press statement. “Please ‘Drive Like You Work Here.’ And be safe out there.”
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