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Motorists Reminded To Slow Down in Work Zones
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For Immediate Release:  Thursday, June 6, 2013

Contact: Wayne Cramer, 605-353-7140

 

Motorists Reminded To Slow Down in Work Zones

 

 

HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation and the City of Huron are reminding motorists to slow down in construction zones.

 

Two construction projects in the city of Huron are making travel challenging this summer and officials want to remind motorists that posted speed limits will be enforced and are put in place for the safety of the traveling public, as well as the construction workers.

 

The posted speed limit for the Highway 37 construction project from 15th Street North to one-half mile north of 27th Street is 25 mph and is a gravel surface.

 

The posted speed limit for the Highway 14 construction project from west of Huron to east of Huron is 35 mph. Traffic has been placed head-to-head in several areas along this route.

“People don’t realize how dangerous road construction areas can be and how quickly something can go wrong,” says Wayne Cramer, Huron area engineer. “In many cases, orange cones and barrels are the only buffers separating highway workers from traffic. We want motorists who are tempted to speed through work zones to think about the workers, themselves and their passengers so everyone will arrive home safely.”

The SDDOT encourages motorists to practice the following safety tips when traveling through work zones:

  • Be Patient Remember, road crews are working to improve your future ride
  • Don’t Speed – Reduce speed before entering a work zone. If other motorists are speeding, don’t follow the bad example. Remember, fines can be double in work zones.
  • Stay Alert – Dedicate full attention to the road. Remember, somebody’s loved one is working in that area.
  • Pay Attention – Avoid distracting activities like adjusting the radio and talking or texting on a cell phone.
  • Expect the Unexpected – Watch out not only for road workers in the area, but also for construction equipment.
  • Be Prepared to Stop – Signs and work-zone flaggers save lives.
  • Don’t Tailgate Maintain adequate and safe distances from workers and other vehicles..

 To obtain the most recent road construction information in South Dakota, please visit http://www.safetravelusa.com/sd  or dial 511. 

 

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