Caution Work Zone Ahead

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first_imgOrange cones, traffic barrels, a reduced speed sign — all of these are signals to drivers that highway work is underway. Together, they are what stand between the highway worker and motorists who, too often, are not paying attention. This year, the Department of Transportation and Public Works will spend $142 million building and repairing Nova Scotia roads. That means better roads — and more construction zones. “Drivers should always use caution when approaching and travelling through a construction zone,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Inattention or speed are hazards that affect the safety of workers and everyone else in the work area.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works and the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association launched a construction zone safety advertising campaign on Monday, June 20, which will run throughout the summer. Highway workers know that drivers can get frustrated with delays. The frustration can trigger dangerous behaviours, putting drivers and highway workers at risk. Transportation and Public Works highway worker Basil Atkinson suffered severe whiplash and other injuries to his back in a work-zone collision in May of 2000. Mr. Atkinson missed months of work, and back pain still keeps him awake at night. Mr. Atkinson was in the driver’s seat of a parked one-tonne truck in a closed lane, when a tractor trailer crashed into him from behind. Mr. Atkinson’s wife and young daughter have shared his pain. “When she was younger, my daughter used to ask, ‘Dad, when are you going to be able to pick me up and play with me?’ I missed out on that.”last_img

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