Warm weather, clear roads, orange cones and barrels… it’s construction season in Montana! Reduced speeds, detours and delays can all wear on a driver’s patience. But as you travel through these “cone zones,” please remember to drive responsibly. There are loved ones working here! MDT work zone staff and construction crews work hard to keep Montana’s roads safe. Their families and friends want them to come home, and we want you to get home safely as well.
Manage your speed, space and stress:
Speed: Slow down when approaching work zones – you will be in the work zone quicker than you think. Follow posted speed limits, and adjust your speed for weather conditions if needed. Don’t resume normal speed until you see roadway signs indicating it’s safe to do so.
Space: Leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Also keep a safe distance between you and traffic barriers, trucks, construction equipment, and workers.
Stress: Keep your cool and don’t rush. Remember, the temporary inconvenience of a construction zone will soon pay off with greatly improved roads. Pay attention and avoid all distractions while you are driving. Expect delays, but use the MDT Travel Info map to learn about potential construction zones ahead of time so you can find an alternate route or leave earlier if needed.
Work zone safety is an important part of reaching Vision Zero! Find more information on how to plan ahead and be a safe work zone driver here