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Tobin Bridge Route 1 Northbound Lane Shift, May 16, 2019MassDOT is reminding motorists to be aware of and exercise caution around all state and municipal work zones as the spring construction season continues. Motorists are advised to slow down, pay increased attention, and adhere to construction signage and personnel while driving in or around work zones.

Spring typically marks the beginning of construction season as the more favorable weather conditions allow crews to more efficiently perform work at construction job sites.

Between 2012 and 2016, 15,662 people were seriously injured and 1,820 people lost their lives on the roadways of the Commonwealth. In addition, 14 road workers were killed between 2009 and 2016. MassDOT’s data also indicates that as of June 4, 2019 there have been 13 crashes in work zones throughout Massachusetts.

“Safety is our most important priority at MassDOT and in the Baker-Polito Administration,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “Ensuring safety on the roads is vital to protecting motorists throughout the Commonwealth and the individuals in the field who build and maintain our roads and bridges.”

“We are committed to increasing work zone safety for the public and our highway crews who are helping to strengthen our road and bridge networks,” said Highway Administrator Gulliver. “In a majority of fatal and serious crashes the two biggest factors are distracted drivers and speed.  Motorists should be mindful of their surroundings when travelling through work zones and observe posted signage and speed limits.”

“When law enforcement officers are struck on roadways, it is frequently in work zones while they are protecting road crews who are also at risk,” said Public Safety and Security Secretary Thomas Turco. “Keeping them and the driving public safe in work zones is a high priority as we pursue measures to drive down the rate of roadway injuries and deaths.”

The American Traffic Safety Services Foundation is a national organization that advocates for policies and practices to make people safer on roadways. The Foundation maintains a database of names of individuals who lost their lives in work zones as a way to remember them and demonstrate the need for road safety to decision-makers. The data base currently has 1,444 names.

Drivers who are traveling through work zones should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution.

For more information on traffic conditions travelers are encouraged to:

  • Dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
  • Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.
  • Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.

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