Roadway Work Zones –Safety Tips for Residents
Spring is here, and with the season comes a flurry of public works projects such as paving, catch basin cleaning and repair, hydrant flushing, plantings, sidewalk maintenance and more. If you’re out and about in Wellesley, chances are you’ll encounter one or more of our Park, Highway, Water & Sewer, or Engineering crews working in or adjacent to public ways.
Roadway work zone safety awareness is a concern for our DPW crews as it should be to Wellesley residents and other passersby, whether in cars, on bikes, or on foot. We do everything possible to ensure public safety near work zones, including using police details, warning lights and signs. But your help is needed to stay alert for changes to traffic flow in and near roadway work zones.
Watch message boards for advance notices of roadwork that may affect your driving routes. Detours due to road closures may lengthen your cross-town trip by a few minutes. When you see a warning of “roadwork ahead,” reduce your speed and watch for heavy equipment, cones, barrels and workers in the road signaling a work zone ahead. Follow the lane changes marked by cones and follow the police officer’s direction as you proceed through the work zone. For everyone’s safety, delay multi-tasking, especially cell phone use, until you’ve passed the work zone.
With your help, we can ensure public safety and our employee safety in and near work zones, and complete our work in the safest most efficient way possible.