Back to School – Safety Tips During Construction


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The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting cooler… That can only mean one thing – back to school is just around the corner!  Parents cheer, children jeer, and everyone gets to return to their regularly scheduled activities. Whether you’re driving or walking to school, keep these tips in mind to ensure your own safety, as well as the safety of others, when you're travelling near construction zones:

Tips for Drivers

  • Slow down: You gain nothing by speeding into another red light or traffic jam. Take it slow to raise your awareness and limit your risk of a collision.
  • Obey turn restrictions: New turn restrictions have been implemented at many major intersections. Although frustrating, they exist for many reasons including your safety. Ignoring restrictions can put you, your passenagers and other drivers and pedestrians in danger. 
  • Follow directions on signs carefully: All road changes due to Crosstown construction come with relevant and informative traffic signage. Carefully read all signs to  better understand your route.
  • Be patient: With road and sidewalk changes, pedestrians – especially seniors and those with disabilities – may need more time to cross the road.
Tips for Pedestrians
  • Use designated crossings: Jaywalking may be tempting, especially when the way seems clear. Near a job site, however, visibility is limited and machinery is always on the move. Play it safe and find the nearest designated crossing.  
  • Don’t cut through construction zones: In no situation should you ever enter a construction zone with which you are unaffiliated. Stick to the sidewalks and leave construction sites to construction workers. 
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing: The best way to make a driver acknowledge your presence is through eye contact. A quick glance ensures they see you and respect your right-of-way.
  • Be alert: Put your phone away and watch where you’re going. Similar to driving, you need to be aware of your surroundings when walking near construction zones. Keep an eye out for fencing, traffic cones or machinery that may have been put in place since you were last in that area.