If you're in a hurry on the road, the last thing you want to see is a blocked-off construction zone. While it’s necessary to maintaining roads and structures, the hassle and delay of road work can be enough to set off tempers—and even tempt some drivers to ignore signs and directions as they drive through the site. But paving contractors aren't here to ruin your day. The directions you'll receive to slow down, wait, or take an alternate route are about safety—yours and that of the construction workers on the project.
Road work is full of perils for you and your car. Asphalt may be missing or still soft, creating a risk of damaging your tires or getting stuck. Heavy equipment will be on site and may move unpredictably, creating an increased risk of collisions. Visibility is impaired by equipment and piles of materials. The road may be narrower than usual, making it difficult to accommodate two-way traffic. And, of course, workers will be everywhere and may step out in the road unexpectedly.
To prevent any accidents, follow the directions given by the paving contractor and workers. Obey any signs posted, even when it means adding to your travel time. Be alert to any changes, particularly from workers directing you past the construction site. If it's absolutely essential to make your way through construction—for instance, if there is no alternate route to your destination—communicate with the contractors on site to arrange a way through, and, once again, follow the directions you're given.
Road work can be an inconvenience, but impatience will make the situation dangerous. Keep yourself and others safe by cooperating and staying alert.
Midsouth Paving is a paving contractor in Dothan, AL. They work on roads, curbs, driveways, gutters, and sidewalks, improving transportation throughout the area. For questions or an estimate, call (334) 712-7500 or contact them online.