Work zones pose challenges for drivers. When drivers come to a work zone they need to understand the messages that they are receiving from signs, roadway devices, and other visual cues that create the need for them to change their driving behavior. In today’s distracted environment, physical changes to the roadway such as reduced lane width, abrupt lane shifts and short interstate ramps can complicate driving.
Work zones pose challenges for emergency responders. Often work zones create confined spaces for emergency responders to do their own work in. In some cases, crews have to respond in the opposite direction of travel, they have to gain access to work areas, and they have to be sure to pre-stage equipment. Coordinating with construction crews is a secret to success and the Iowa Department of Transportation has tapped into this secret.
In this episode of TIM Network Podcasts, John Wilson with the Iowa Department of Transportation will talk about their Traffic Critical Projects Program.