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ODOT Lights the Morrison Orange for Work Zone Safety
May is traditionally the kick-off for road construction season in Oregon. Together with our public and private sector partners, we have been committed to work zone safety for decades. Once again, construction work zones will appear on streets, highways and bridges statewide. We want to light the bridge orange to remind people to pay attention in work zones.
On any given day, there are more than 500 active work zones in the state of Oregon, and they operate gday and night. The primary purpose of the work zone safety program is to reduce the fatal and serious injury traffic crashes in all roadway and utility work zones. This is achieved through a comprehensive program, which includes the four E’s of transportation safety: engineering, enforcement, education and emergency medical services.
Engineering: Work zones often narrow the travel lanes and alter the road surface, creating temporary changes to the roadway.
The work zone safety program works with the Traffic Control Plans Unit of ODOT to provide work zone setup resources to contractors, municipalities, utilities and other partners to help ensure the safety of all road users, as well as workers.
Enforcement: The work zone program partners with enforcement agencies around the state to conduct stepped up enforcement and extra patrol presence in work zone areas.
Education: The program includes ongoing public information campaigns to educate Oregon drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists about unique characteristics of work zones and the steep fines associated with work zone infractions. The program also provides work zone safety education materials for work zone workers.
Emergency medical services: Work zone project managers coordinate with first responder agencies to make sure that road improvement activity does not interfere with timely delivery of
emergency medical services – in the work zone itself or elsewhere.