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With Work Zone Signs from American Sign Company, you can give drivers advanced warning about ongoing road construction, keep workers safe from speeding motorists, and clear up dangerous confusion on the streets. Statistics show that workers take enormous risks every time they begin a roadwork project – and most of those risks center around drivers speeding carelessly through the work zone. When you put out Work Zone signs in the appropriate places, you are reducing those risks considerably. For a small investment, you’re decreasing your liability, improving the safety of your roadways, and complying with state and federal regulatory standards.
Define Your Work Zone Sections
For smaller work zones, you may be able to get away with only posting one or two signs to alert drivers to the ongoing construction. However, for larger projects, you are advised to split the zone into four separate parts, each of which will get its own signage. These parts are:
— The Advance Warning Zone: This is the roadway leading up to the work zone. In this area, you should warn drivers of an upcoming impediment and advise them to adjust their speed to prepare for the roadwork ahead.
— The Transition Zone: If the construction has closed a lane or forced drivers into a detour, this is the area where you will guide motorists out of their standard path and into the temporary route.
— The Construction Area: This is the section of the road that is currently under construction. In this zone, workers will be present, heavy machinery will often be in use, and drivers must proceed with the utmost caution.
— The Completion Zone: This is where the work has ended, the buffer space has been accounted for, and traffic is permitted to move ahead at normal speeds.
Advanced Warning is Essential
Suppose you’re implementing temporary Work Zone Signs ahead of an expected construction project. In that case, the name of the game is “advanced” – as in, provide drivers with warnings far enough in advance so that they have adequate time to reduce their speeds, adjust to the new conditions, and stop upon request. If there is a detour, drivers should have plenty of warning that they will be leaving the usual route and they should feel confident that your signage will direct them back onto the original route as quickly as possible.
Remove Work Zone Signs When Not In Use
The quickest way to make sure that drivers completely ignore Work Zone signs is to leave them up after a construction project has finished. More quickly than you might imagine, drivers will note that your signs are meaningless and outdated. They will then feel confident in ignoring the messages (and, likely, any further construction messages you provide in the future). The key to effective traffic signage lies in matching them to the reality of the situation. When there is a disconnect between the messaging and reality, drivers will notice and change their habits accordingly. Remove your signs upon a project’s completion to ensure they retain their impact.