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PLEASE NOTE: Most activities are subject to good weather conditions and work plans are subject to weather-related adjustments.

Counties: Clallam | Grays Harbor | Jefferson | Kitsap | Mason | Pierce | Thurston


 
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The following construction and maintenance activities are scheduled for November 21 through Dec. 1, 2014.

To ease congestion, most state highway construction work is suspended beginning noon Wednesday, Nov. 26, through the weekend.

WSDOT has numerous projects to improve safety, ease congestion and maintain infrastructure. View the region-wide interactive map .


View Clallam County summer construction map (pdf 362kb)

CONSTRUCTION

US 101 Shore Road to Kitchen-Dick Road
Jerry Moore, 360-565-0622
TIME/DAYS: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
DESCRIPTION: This project widens US 101 from two lanes to four in Clallam County from Shore Road to Kitchen-Dick Road. Crews are clearing, grubbing, constructing roadway and driveways, and installing drainage along with constructing a new bridge over McDonald Creek.
LOCATION: Daytime work is in both directions of US 101, Shore to Kitchen Dick Road, mileposts 265 to 261.
EXPECT: Effective immediately, the US 101 speed limit on a 3.5-mile segment between Port Angeles and Sequim has been returned to 55 mph.

Crews had reduced the speed limit to 45 mph during construction of the US 101 – Shore Rd. to Kitchen-Dick Rd. widening project. The work zone speed limit reduction was enacted as a safety precaution for both drivers and crews.

The speed limit adjustment follows the successful opening of two new westbound US 101 lanes through the project limits on Nov. 8.

Project not quite complete
Although the two new US 101 lanes are now open to traffic, the project is not yet complete. The remaining work, including final paving of the new lanes, will occur after warmer and drier weather returns in 2015.

Left-turn feature
With the opening of the two new lanes, drivers will also notice a change in the way they access adjacent streets from US 101. This safety feature, called an “indirect left turn,” uses small loop roads that allow drivers to make U-turns instead of turning left directly on or off the highway. The indirect left turns reduce the potential for intersection collisions, especially “T-bone” and rear-end crashes.

The indirect left turns are located at four US 101 intersections: Shore, Barr, Dryke/Pierson and Kitchen-Dick roads. Although uncommon features, indirect left turns are not new to drivers on US 101. In 1979, WSDOT built two indirect left turns between Deer Park Road and Bagley Creek Road east of Port Angeles.

MAINTENANCE

US 101, Lake Crescent
Steve Russell, 360-565-0680
TIME/DAYS: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 24-25.
DESCRIPTION: Guardrail repair.
LOCATION: Westbound from milepost 228 to 229.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

US 101, Lake Crescent
Steve Russell, 360-565-0680
TIME/DAYS: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27.
DESCRIPTION: Guardrail repair.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 228 to 230.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

SPECIAL EVENTS

US 101, Forks
TIME/DAYS: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.
DESCRIPTION: Forks Twinkle Light Parade.
LOCATION: Both directions of US 101 from milepost 191.4 to 191.6 from C Street SW to West Division Street.
EXPECT: Motorists will follow detour.

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View Grays Habor County summer construction map (pdf 270kb)


CONSTRUCTION 

No construction activities scheduled this week.

MAINTENANCE

US 101, Hoquiam
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Feb. 2015.
DESCRIPTION: Contractor will prepare area for water pipeline replacement project.
LOCATION: Southbound from milepost 90.7 to 93.5 near Ocean Beach Road.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closures and intermittent one-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

SR8, McCleary
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10.
DESCRIPTION: Grays Harbor PUD will remove overhead power lines.
LOCATION: Both directions at mileposts 8.4, 10, and 11.
EXPECT: Several five minute long rolling slowdown for power line removal.

US 12/SR8, Elma
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10.
DESCRIPTION: Grays Harbor PUD will remove overhead power lines.
LOCATION: Eastbound US 12 at milepost 18.1 and westbound SR 8 at milepost 2.4.
EXPECT: 5 minute rolling slowdown for power line removal.





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Jefferson County



View Jefferson County summer construction map (pdf 362kb)


CONSTRUCTION

No scheduled construction activities that will impact traffic this week.

MAINTENANCE 

US 101, Dabob Bay
Duke Stryker, 360-874-3050
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25.
DESCRIPTION: Guardrail repair.
LOCATION: Northbound at milepost 302.5 near Spencer Creek Road.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure. 

 
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View Kitsap County summer construction map (pdf 422kb)

CONSTRUCTION

SR3/SR16 Vic. Burley Olalla to SR303 - Paving
Michele Britton, 360-874-3010
TIME/DAYS: 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday.  
DESCRIPTION: This project provides road surface improvements.
LOCATION: Both directions of SR 16 from milepost 20.5 to 25.9, and southbound SR 3 from milepost 36.6 to 46.1. 
EXPECT: Occasional shoulder closures for construction sign removal.

MAINTENANCE 

No scheduled maintenance activities that will impact traffic this week.

SPECIAL EVENTS

SR 166, Port Orchard
TIME/DAYS: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.
DESCRIPTION: Festival of Chimes and Lights.
LOCATION: Both directions of SR 166 (Bay Street) from milepost 2.6 to 2.9 between Dekalb Street and Sidney Avenue.
EXPECT: Motorists will follow detour.

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Mason County


View Mason County summer construction map (pdf 422kb)


CONSTRUCTION

No construction activities scheduled this week.

MAINTENANCE

SR 3, Belfair
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: Weekdays from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.
DESCRIPTION: Crews working for Belfair Water District No. 1 will relocate water lines in preparation for an upcoming WSDOT widening project.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 25.4 to 26 from NE Straub Hill to NE Romance Hill Road.
EXPECT:  At 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, drivers can expect one-way alternating traffic with flaggers. The lanes will reopen at 5 a.m. each following day. During the day, drivers could encounter shoulder closures.

SR 3, Allyn
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 24-25.
DESCRIPTION: Mason County PUD #3 will install new street lights on existing PUD poles.
LOCATION: Southbound from milepost 20.7 to 21.3.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

SR 302, Key Peninsula to Allyn
Duke Stryker, 360-874-3050
TIME/DAYS: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25.
DESCRIPTION: Roadway sweeping.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 17 to 0.1.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure for mobile operation.


SPECIAL EVENTS

SR 300, Belfair

TIME/DAYS: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.
DESCRIPTION: North Mason Music Booster Club parade.
LOCATION: Both directions of SR 300 from Sand Hill Road to Clifton Lane.
EXPECT: Motorists will follow detour.

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View Pierce County summer construction map (pdf 443kb)

CONSTRUCTION

I-5 - M Street to Portland Avenue - HOV
Jon Deffenbacher, 253-365-6700
TIME/DAYS: See details below
DESCRIPTION: This project lays the foundation for new HOV lanes on I-5 in Tacoma.
LOCATION: Interstate 5 near the Tacoma Dome between M St to Portland Ave from milepost 132.8 to 135.2.
EXPECT:

Lane closures
Beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, crews will close the right lane of southbound I-5 in an area between M Street and Portland Avenue. The lane will reopen at 6 a.m. the following morning.

Ramp closures
Thursday, Nov. 20
Northbound I-5 collector/distributor on-ramp to I-705/SR 7 will close from 12:01 a.m. to 4 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 24
Pacific Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Northbound SR 7 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov 25
Northbound I-5 collector/distributor on-ramp to I-705/SR 7 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
City Center on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Northbound SR 7 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

I-5, SR 510 to SR 512 Congestion Management  
Kim Mueller, 253-365-6750
TIME/DAYS: See details below.
DESCRIPTION: In this project , crews will install "smart highway" devices that help WSDOT manage traffic and communication traffic conditions to the public. Hardware includes ramp meters, variable-message-signs and closed-circuit TV cameras.
LOCATION: Both directions of I-5 from Hawks Prairie in Lacey to Lakewood, from mileposts 111 to 127.
EXPECT: Center Drive on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 to 5 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 23. Drivers will use alternate routes.  

Due to weather, work scheduled to install roadway data loops on southbound Interstate 5 at Thorne Lane was cancelled. The work will be rescheduled at a later date once weather conditions improve.

Motorists can also expect shoulder closures during daytime hours and single and double lane closures during overnight hours in both directions of I-5 through the project limits.

I-5, SR 510 TO SR 512 ITS and Ramp Revisions
Kim Mueller, 253-365-6750
TIME/DAYS: See details below
DESCRIPTION: In this project , crews will install "intelligent transportation systems (ITS)" devices that help WSDOT manage traffic and communicate real-time traffic conditions to the public. This project also widens the Mounts Road Gate access road on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) from one lane to two lanes, and revises the I-5 Center Drive interchange. 
LOCATION: Northbound and southbound I-5 from milepost 109 to 118.
EXPECT:  Motorists can expect shoulder closures during daytime hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and single and double lane closures during the overnight hours of 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Friday to Saturday in both directions of I-5 through the project limits. 

I-5 – Vicinity Tumwater Blvd to Gravelly Lake Dr – Paving
Ricky Bhalla, 360-538-8502
TIME/DAYS: See details below.
DESCRIPTION: This project grinds down the old pavement, repairs damaged areas and resurfaces segments of Interstate 5 between Tumwater and Lakewood. Specifically this project includes northbound I-5 from milepost 101.2 to 102.5, southbound I-5 from milepost 101.2 to 106.1, and southbound I-5 from milepost 116.7 to 124.2. It also includes the ramps at Tumwater Blvd. and Center Drive in Thurston and Pierce counties. The project also repaired I-5 expansion joints on the Capitol Lake Bridge in Thurston County.
LOCATION:
EXPECT: Overnight work involving ramp and multiple lane closures on southbound I-5 in Lakewood and northbound I-5 in Tumwater.

Thurston County
No work scheduled this week.

Pierce County 
No work scheduled this week. 

I-5/SR 16, Eastbound Nalley Valley Project  
Neal Uhlmeyer, 360-412-3420
TIME/DAYS: See details below.
DESCRIPTION: This project demolished the original eastbound viaduct at I-5/SR 16, and constructed an improved eastbound viaduct. Crews have built the new eastbound bridge structure and completed the new ramps from Sprague Avenue South to both northbound and southbound I-5. Crews will work on erosion control, install a bridge barrier, and build bridge infrastructure. The work also includes drainage, signing, and lighting.
LOCATION: Both directions of SR 16, from milepost 131 to 132.8.
EXPECT: Weekday lane closures from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on South Tacoma Way and South Center Street.

SR 16 – Olympic Drive NW Bridge – Special Repair
Kim Mueller, 253-365-6750
TIME/DAYS: See details below.
DESCRIPTION: In this project , WSDOT is repairing the damaged bridge girder by installing a new girder on the westbound half of the bridge. In addition, the westbound lanes will be restriped to gain higher vertical clearance.
LOCATION: Both directions of SR 16 near Olympic Drive NW and Olympic Drive NW itself.
EXPECT: This summer and fall, a series of lane closures took place on Olympic Drive NW, reducing the westbound lanes of traffic from two to one. As of Friday, Nov. 21, all lanes of Olympic Drive NW have been restored during daytime hours.

While work is largely complete, crews have a few remaining items that will require several night lane closures of westbound SR 16 and Olympic Drive.

SR 161, 24th Street East to Milton Way
Michele Britton, 360-874-3010
TIME/DAYS: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 
DESCRIPTION: This project , which eases congestion by adding lanes and managing access, is focusing on general cleanup and punch list items.
LOCATION: Both directions of SR 161 from milepost 32.1 to 33.3
EXPECT: No traffic impacts. 

SR 162, Puyallup River Bridge
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. No work on Thanksgiving.
DESCRIPTION: Local cable company will perform work in prep for an upcoming WSDOT Puyallup River Bridge replacement project.
LOCATION: SR 162 at the Puyallup River Bridge, milepost 6.6.
EXPECT: Northbound right shoulder closure and occasional traffic stops.

SR 167, Puyallup River Bridge - Bridge Replacement
Brenden Clarke, 360-357-2606
TIME/DAYS: See schedule below.
DESCRIPTION: Crews are building a new bridge. Crews moved the older SR 167 steel truss bridge to the east, so a new bridge can be built in its place. 
LOCATION: SR 167, 4th Street, and Levee Road under the Puyallup River Bridge.
EXPECT: No work on Thanksgiving.
Weekly closures for Bridge Replacement project:

From 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 4th Street will see one-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

From 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Levee Road will have one-way alternating traffic with flaggers.


SR 302 - Key Peninsula Highway to Purdy Vicinity - Safety & Congestion
Steve Fuchs, 360-570-6752
TIME/DAYS: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Friday. See details below.
DESCRIPTION: This project includes widening portions of the road, adding left-turn pockets near 118th, widening shoulders and constructing emergency pullouts.
EXPECT: No work scheduled for next week. Remaining work activities are installation of permanent pavement markings and illumination.   


MAINTENANCE 

I-5, DuPont
Tony Kilmer, 360-357-2763
TIME/DAYS: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22.
DESCRIPTION: Sign installation.
LOCATION: Northbound from milepost 117.7 to 118.6.
EXPECT: Right lane followed by left lane closure.

I-5, DuPont
Tony Kilmer, 360-357-2763
TIME/DAYS: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22.
DESCRIPTION: Sign installation.
LOCATION: Southbound from milepost 119.5 to 118.5.
EXPECT: Right followed by left lane closure.

I-5, JBLM
Tony Kilmer, 360-357-2763
TIME/DAYS: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov 21-22.
DESCRIPTION: Sign installation.
LOCATION: Southbound from milepost 123.5 to 122.6.
EXPECT: Left lane closure.

SR 7, Spanaway
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday Nov. 21.
DESCRIPTION: Utility crews will remove power poles.
LOCATION: Milepost 46 near 208th Street East..
EXPECT: Northbound right shoulder closure.

SR 162, McMillin
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
DESCRIPTION: Utility will install new infrastructure in advance of the WSDOT SR 162 Puyallup River Bridge project.
LOCATION: Both directions at mileposts 6.6.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic, northbound right shoulder closure, and occasional traffic stops.

SR 167, Puyallup
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21 and again Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 24-25.
DESCRIPTION: Utility crews will install electrical service.
LOCATION: Northbound at milepost 3.3 near 44th St. E.
EXPECT: Northbound right shoulder closure.

SR 167, Sumner
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 24-25.
DESCRIPTION: City crews will install storm drain.
LOCATION: Southbound SR 167 at milepost 6.5.
EXPECT: Southbound right shoulder closure.

SR 302, Key Peninsula
Duke Stryker, 360-874-3050
TIME/DAYS: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25.
DESCRIPTION: Guardrail repair.
LOCATION: Westbound at milepost 8.5 about a quarter mile east of 144th.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

SR 302, Key Peninsula to Allyn
Duke Stryker, 360-874-3050
TIME/DAYS: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25.
DESCRIPTION: Roadway sweeping.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 17 to 0.1.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure for mobile operation.

SR 509, Tacoma
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday Dec. 1-6.
DESCRIPTION: Crews will conduct railroad crossing upgrades for Tacoma Railroad.
LOCATION: Both directions east of Port of Tacoma Road.
EXPECT: Shoulder closures in both directions. From 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, all eastbound lanes will close. Drivers will follow a signed detour.

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Thurston County


View Thurston County summer construction map (pdf 350kb)

CONSTRUCTION

I-5 – Vicinity Tumwater Blvd to Gravelly Lake Dr – Paving
Ricky Bhalla, 360-538-8502
TIME/DAYS: 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Friday.
DESCRIPTION: This project grinds down the old pavement, repairs damaged areas and resurfaces segments of Interstate 5 between Tumwater and Lakewood. Specifically this project includes northbound I-5 from milepost 101.2 to 102.5, southbound I-5 from milepost 101.2 to 106.1, and southbound I-5 from milepost 116.7 to 124.2. It also includes the ramps at Tumwater Blvd. and Center Drive in Thurston and Pierce counties. The project will also repair I-5 expansion joints on the Capitol Lake Bridge in Thurston County.
LOCATION: Overnight work involving ramp and multiple lane closures on southbound I-5 in Lakewood and on northbound I-5 in Tumwater.
EXPECT: See below:

Thurston County:
No scheduled work in Thurston County.

Pierce County:
No scheduled work in Pierce County.


I-5, SR 510 to SR 512 Congestion Management
Kim Mueller, 253-365-6750
TIME/DAYS: See details below 
DESCRIPTION: In this project , crews will install "smart highway" devices that help WSDOT manage traffic and communication traffic conditions to the public. Hardware includes ramp meters, variable-message-signs and closed-circuit TV cameras.
LOCATION:
EXPECT: Center Drive on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 to 5 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 23. Drivers will use alternate routes.

Due to the cold weather, work scheduled to install roadway data loops on southbound Interstate 5 at Thorne Lane was cancelled. The sealant used to install the data loops cannot be used in cold temperatures. The work will be rescheduled at a later date once weather conditions improve.

Motorists can also expect shoulder closures during daytime hours and single and double lane closures during overnight hours in both directions of I-5 through the project limits.


I-5, SR 510 TO SR 512 ITS and Ramp Revisions 
Kim Mueller, 253-365-6750
TIME/DAYS: See details below
DESCRIPTION: In this project , crews will install "intelligent transportation systems (ITS)" devices that help WSDOT manage traffic and communicate real-time traffic conditions to the public. This project also widens the Mounts Road Gate access road on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) from one lane to two lanes, and revises the I-5 Center Drive interchange.
LOCATION: Northbound and southbound I-5 from milepost 109 to 118.
EXPECT: Motorists can also expect shoulder closures during daytime hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and single and double lane closures during the overnight hours of 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Friday to Saturday in both directions of I-5 through the project limits.

MAINTENANCE

SR 507, Yelm
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24.
DESCRIPTION: Guardrail repair.
LOCATION: Southbound near Old McKenna Road SE at milepost 29.9
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

SR 510, near Nisqually Indian Reservation  
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Dec. 12.
DESCRIPTION: Utility crews will install communications line along south side of SR 510.
LOCATION: Eastbound from Yelm Highway to Red Wind Casino between milepost 9.2 and 10.2.
EXPECT: Eastbound right shoulder closure.

SR 510, Yelm
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to Dec. 12
DESCRIPTION: Utility crews will install communications line.
LOCATION: From milepost 9.2 to 10.2 between Yelm Highway and Reservation Road near round-a-bouts.
EXPECT: Eastbound right shoulder closure.

SPECIAL EVENTS

SR 507, Tenino
TIME/DAYS: 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5.
DESCRIPTION: Tenino Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
LOCATION: Both directions of SR 507 (Sussex Avenue W) from mileposts 14.3 from 14.6 between Howard Street SE and Custer Street S.
EXPECT: Motorists will follow detour.

I-5, Olympia
TIME/DAYS: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.
DESCRIPTION: Olympia Toy Run.
LOCATION: I-5 exit to Pacific Avenue (#107).
EXPECT: Heavy traffic from event participants exiting I-5.

SR 507, Yelm
TIME/DAYS: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.
DESCRIPTION: Christmas in the Park Parade.
LOCATION: Both directions of SR 507 from milepost 28.2 to 29.5 between Washington Ave SE and Grove Road SE.
EXPECT: Motorists will follow detour.


Tips for Driving Through Work Zones

Pay attention - driver inattention is the number one cause of work zone accidents.

Leave room between you and the car ahead of you - most work zone accidents involve someone running into the car ahead of them. Drive defensively - be aware of what is happening around you.

Merge into the proper lane before you reach the work zone.
Don't use cell phones or adjust your radio while driving through the work zone.

If possible, avoid work zones by using alternate routes.

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