You’ve seen the orange cones and barrels in Maryland’s roadway work zones. You’ve probably seen our highway workers, too. They’re out on the road every day mowing, repairing pot holes and repairing roads and bridges – making our State safer for you and your family.
We understand highway work zones can result in delays and frustrations. Spring and summer mark the beginning of roadway construction season, and there are tools available to help you plan ahead. Know before you go with the State’s official travel information service called Maryland 511. Simply call 511 or visit the web site at www.md511.org to use Maryland 511. You can also learn about major upcoming construction projects with our annual Road Ready e-brochure. Remember that roadside work not only includes major projects that may take years to complete, but also smaller, mobile work zones such as landscaping, pothole repair and litter removal.
Please understand that when you drive dangerously through a highway work zone you’re putting the lives of highway workers at risk. At the same time you’re risking your life and the lives of your loved ones. That’s because four out of five people who die in highway work zones are either drivers or their passengers.
Safer driving. Safer work zones. For everyone.
Maryland Supports National Work Zone Awareness Week!
When driving through work zones, even the smallest mistake can be deadly. Take a look at these numbers:
Work Zone Safety is Everyone’s Business!
Bernie has an important message: Slow down and stay alert in work zones!
Bernie was created by Carl Moser (left, middle) to help spread the message about the critical need to slow down and stay alert in work zones. Carl’s father, Rick Moser, was killed by a speeding, inattentive driver while performing maintenance on a Frederick County bridge. Rick was a Team Leader at MDOT SHA's Frederick Shop. The Moser family is on a crusade to spread the message about the staying alert in work zones to prevent another family from experiencing their tragic loss.
If you are concerned about something you’ve seen in an MDOT SHA work zone, please report it through our Customer Care Management System.
Maryland photo enforces speeds in eligible work zones for YOUR safety and the safety of our workers.
The Maryland SafeZones program allows the Maryland State Police and Maryland Transportation Authority Police to enforce the speed limit in highway work zones with automated camera equipment.
The Maryland SafeZones program was created to improve safety for workers and travelers since nationally, four out of every five people injured in highway work zone crashes are drivers or passengers.
Since law enforcement began using speed cameras in highway construction areas, work zone-related crashes, fatalities and injuries reached a more than 10-year low: fatalities in work-zone crashes decreased by more than half from nine in 2009 to three in 2011. In the same timeframe, people injured decreased from 827 to 688 and overall work zone crashes decreased from 1,685 to 1,486.
Speeding violations in SafeZones construction sites have decreased by more than 80 percent. When the program began, approximately seven out of every 100 drivers in the SafeZones construction areas were exceeding the speed limit by 12 mph or more. Today, fewer than two drivers out of every 100 are receiving citations in SafeZones. See chart below demonstrating dramatic decrease in speeding violations since the start of the program.
Please click here to visit the Maryland SafeZones website.
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Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3601
Main Business Line – 410-545-0300
Safety Campaigns – 1-800-323-6742
For emergencies, call MDOT SHA's Statewide Operations Center at 410-582-5650.
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