This week, we’re joining forces with companies across our industry, state departments of transportation, and government agencies and national organizations in observing National Work Zone Awareness Week. Each April, this event highlights the serious risks associated with distracted or dangerous driving in highway work zones.
Texas highways handle a lot of traffic every day, along with punishing heat, severe storms and other extreme weather conditions. All this wear and tear on our asphalt roads means that on any given day, essential asphalt repair is being done all over state highways by asphalt paving crews like ours. You can find our companies paving in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, Waco-Belton and San Antonio areas on a daily basis, so we’ve seen a thing or two.
Repaving a highway is a much riskier proposition than, say, parking lot restriping. While our personnel are paving and repairing asphalt on state roads and highways, they are working within feet of heavy equipment on one side, and traffic moving at speeds up to (and often exceeding) 75 MPH on the other, often separated by only a barrier of traffic cones or barrels.
As a company, we pride ourselves on our commitment to safety, and every worker is trained on the stringent requirements for operating on road construction projects in active traffic zones. They are hyperaware of potential hazards and are constantly monitoring our own paving activity as well as the traffic around them in order to keep each other and the traveling public safe.
However, if a vehicle strays into a work zone, road workers often have only seconds to react. Nearly every company in our industry has been affected by injuries or even deaths that occur as a result of distracted or impaired driving in highway work zones, and sadly we are among them.
Help Us Stay Safe
As a leading asphalt and concrete supplier in Texas, we’re committed to doing our part to help keep highway asphalt paving and construction zones safe for our workers and the public. Here’s what you can do as a driver to keep yourself and our workers safe on the road:
- Slow down in work zones
- Don’t drive recklessly
- Follow signs and speed limits
- Use caution when merging
- Always obey the flagger
- Stop to talk and stop to text
- Watch out for workers
- And drive like they are family, because they’re ours