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Traveling through highway work zones can be frustrating. INDOT respects your time and understands that there is a real expense associated with road construction delays. INDOT works diligently to reduce the effect of construction activities, particularly on interstate highways, where statistics show there is greater risk of injury or death in a work zone crash.
To reduce the risk of work zone crashes for both workers and motorists, INDOT schedules and manages construction activity in accordance with the INDOT Interstate Highways Congestion Policy. INDOT employees and contractors often work nighttime and off-peak hours to ease congestion caused by construction and maintenance work.
INDOT also works hard to provide timely, accurate, and relevant work zone information to travelers using message boards, the INDOT TrafficWise website, the INDOT Real-Time Traffic Conditions website and social and traditional media. To reduce driver confusion, we focus on building and maintaining work zones where travel paths are clear and where driver expectations are known. Our goal is “No Surprises!” To protect our workers, we require high visibility safety apparel and protective equipment on all INDOT projects. We also work with law enforcement to provide extra police patrols in selected highway work zones to improve compliance with work zone regulations and improve worker and motorist safety.
We are dedicated to protecting all workers that build and maintain INDOT roadways. We actively support the efforts of the Road Construction Awareness Corp. (RCAC) as an advocate for worker safety; however, it’s important to realize that 4 out of 5 people that die in highway work zones are either drivers or passengers. Accordingly, INDOT’s Work Zone Safety group is also dedicated to protecting motorists who drive through our work zones.
As a reminder, INDOT created a highway work zone awareness video to draw attention to worker safety in highway work zones. A partnership between motorists and highway workers is essential to make sure that everyone makes it home safely. As stated by the RCAC: “We’re all in this together!”
In 2014, police crash data showed that 14 people were killed and more than 400 were injured in INDOT work zones. The most common causes of collision noted by police include:
These causes resulted in the following common types of collisions: Rear-end, same direction sideswipe, head-on between two motor vehicles, and roadway departure.
Every year DOT's around the country hold a Work Zone Safety Awareness Week to remind motorists of safe driving in work zones. This year INDOT will hold Work Zone Safety Awareness Week from April 3-8, 2017. More information on events and best practices will be released closer to the week.
Work Zone Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Please use caution and common sense when driving through highway work zones.
The Indiana Work Zone Safety Law sets steep penalties for driving infractions within highway work zones. First time citations for speeding in a work zone result in a $300 fine. The fine increases to $500 for a second offense and $1,000 for a third offense within three years. Motorists who drive recklessly or aggressively through a work zone face fines up to $5,000. Drivers who injure or kill a highway worker may end up paying a $10,000 fine and serving up to six years behind bars. Fines generated from the work zone law are used to fund additional work zone patrols in an around work zones. The following links are provided for your reference concerning laws affecting work zones in Indiana:
Mischa A. Kachler, P.E.
Work Zone Supervisor
Traffic Management Center
8620 E. 21st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219