The I-35 Safety Campaign is also under the Be Safe. Drive Smart. umbrella. Texas is experiencing rapid population growth which is putting more people on our roads. So traffic congestion is a frequent issue. The lives of too many Texans are being lost to preventable crashes. This is unacceptable and it is preventable. Almost half of the state’s population lives near the I-35 Interstate Highway. I-35 is the central corridor within the state of Texas and the highway plays a major role in our state’s economy. Much of the corridor remains under construction in order to accommodate the ever increasing traffic demands. The I-35 Safety Campaign focuses on reminding drivers to be extra cautious when driving along I-35, especially in work zones.
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At any given time in Texas, there are more than 2,500 active work zones on state roads. Motorists traveling along I-35 encounter many of the state’s work zones. Roadway work zones are hazardous, both for workers and motorists who drive through the complex array of signs, barrels and lane changes required for the construction process. In 2016, there were 5,323 crashes in work zones in Texas on I-35, resulting in 18 fatalities and 111 serious injuries. This is a five-percent increase in crashes in work zones in Texas on I-35 from the previous year (2015).
While many TxDOT workers are injured or killed in work zones, it's motorists that make up 82 percent of work zone fatalities. The top two causes for fatal work zone crashes in 2016 were failure to control speed and failure to drive in a single lane.
Drivers are urged to use extra caution when driving I-35 especially through work zones. Drivers should expect the unexpected by staying alert and watching out for unexpected changes in speed. Following these basic safety precautions may help to save a life: