Staying alert and cautious when driving through a construction site is considered common knowledge for motorists. But sometimes it can be confusing when there is a lot going on in a high traffic area.
"Typically in most construction projects, the signs are going to be real clear. A project, like what you see in Marquette Township, has a lot going on; we have a lot of driveways, people are trying to get on and off the highways. So that adds a little bit more confusion," said Andy Sikkema, Manager at Michigan Department of Transportation in Ishpeming.
Michigan Department of Transportation, or MDOT, officials say as motorists approach any construction site, there will be advance warning signs. These signs are clues something will be happening in front of them, and they need to be aware of their surroundings.
Road officials say the number one thing you can do to keep yourself and the workers safe is to slow down. No matter what the speed limit is, it's always best to go a little slower.
Officials say patience is key when driving through construction zones.
"Work zones are set up, not only for the worker to be safe, but also for you to get through those places safely. Drivers going through there, slow down. Read the signs, watch what's going on, and watch out for those people who don't know what's going on and are just blasting through," said David Allie, Safety Trainer at The Safety Store in Marquette.
If you are confused, go with the flow of traffic, and locate an appropriate area in which to pull over. While you are stopped, identify an alternate route to take to get to your destination in a safe way without obstructing traffic or the construction site.
"There are resources out there that motorists can use to understand where the construction projects are. They might not give you a lot of detail on exactly what the traffic control will be, but it'll tell you if there's going to be flagging or closed lanes," Sikkema said.
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