The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), in partnership with the Michigan State Police (MSP), has posted a new safety video to the MDOT YouTube channel to help motorists understand speed limits in freeway work zones.
"Working with our partners, we developed a sign strategy for improving safety along our freeways," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle, president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).
"These signs are designed to help save lives, but only if motorists do their part and drive responsibly."
The "Where Workers Present 45" speed limit applies when workers or active equipment are within about one vehicle width of the line of barrels in the work zone. If there is a concrete barrier wall separating workers from traffic, then the speed limit is 60 mph.
Here are a few fast facts about work zone speed limits:
- Motorists are required to go 45 mph where workers are present or where vehicles pass workers or active equipment.
- The speed limit is 60 mph where concrete barrier walls separate vehicles and workers.
- Remember to follow the three Ls to improve safety in work zones: Look for workers, Locate workers, and Lower your speed as you pass the workers.
This information was provided by the Michigan Department of Transportation.