Work Zone

In recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 8-12, 2019, TxDOT reminds drivers that every single day requires caution when driving through work zones. As the state’s population continues to boom, the price of progress can mean as many as 3,000 active work zones across 80,000 miles of state-maintained highways. In 2018, there were 25,162 crashes in work zones, resulting in 161 fatalities and another 684 serious injuries. The vast majority of those killed (84%) were motorists and/or their passengers. The leading causes of work zone crashes statewide – speeding and driver inattention – are entirely preventable. 

Driver Safety

Work zones present a different environment for drivers to navigate. Drivers are likely to encounter uneven pavement, narrow lanes, concrete barriers, slow-moving heavy equipment and vehicles that make sudden stops. Please keep the following tips in mind when driving through work zones:

  • Slow down and always follow posted work zone speed limits. Remember, traffic fines double in work zones when workers are present and can cost up to $2,000.
  • Pay attention as workers and heavy equipment may only be a few feet from passing vehicles.
  • Don’t tailgate.
  • Stay alert, minimize distractions and put the phone away.
  •  Obey road crew flaggers.
  • Expect the unexpected. Delays from highway construction can be frustrating, but it only takes a few extra minutes to slow down for a work zone.

More Work to Do

TxDOT continues to work on increased safety measures and public outreach efforts to educate motorists about driving in work zones. We encourage everyone, from engineers and planners to drivers and pedestrians, to take responsibility for work zone safety. As part of this outreach, we remind drivers of the state's Move Over/Slow Down law.  It requires drivers to move over a lane or reduce their speed to 20 mph below the posted speed limit when they see flashing blue or amber lights on a TxDOT vehicle, emergency vehicle or tow truck stopped on the roadside or shoulder. Violation of this law can result in a fine of up to $2,000.