Colorado Road Conditions And Closures

Every year, CDOT embarks on hundreds of construction projects across the state, and that doesn't even include the numerous maintenance activities they conduct every day to keep the highways safe. With every construction zone comes equipment, workers, and daily changes in the road and alignment you may be traveling. As a result, it's critical you do your part to make the cone zones safe. Lower speed limits, flaggers and police enforcement are used to help keep work zones safe, but motorists still must drive responsibly to keep themselves and our workers safe.

Use these safe-driving tips when traveling through cone zones. Remember: In Colorado, the fines are doubled for most infractions in a work zone.

Expect the unexpected - Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed, and people may be working on or near the road.

Slow down - Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes.

Don't tailgate - Keep a safe distance between your car and the car ahead of you. The most common crash in a highway work zone is a rear-end collision, so leave two car lengths between you and the car in front of you.

Be aware of constructions crews - Keep a safe distance between your vehicle, and the construction workers and their equipment.

Heed signs - The warning signs are there to help you and other drivers move safely through the work zone. Observe the posted signs until you see the one that says you've left the work zone.

Obey flaggers - Flaggers know what's best for moving traffic safely in the work zone. A flagger has the same authority as a regulatory sign; you can be cited for disobeying his or her directions.

Stay alert and minimize distractions - Dedicate your full attention to the roadway, and avoid changing radio stations or using cellphones while driving in a work zone.

Keep with the traffic flow - Help maintain traffic flow and posted speeds by merging as soon as possible. Don't drive right up to the lane closure and then try barge in.

Plan your drive - Schedule enough time to drive safely, and check radio, television and websites for traffic information. Expect delays, and leave early so you can reach your destination on time.

Be patient and stay calms - Work zones aren't there to personally inconvenience you. Remember: The work zone crew members are working to improve the road and make your future drive better.

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