After several close calls we’re asking everyone to help us keep our workers and everyone on the road safe

By Barbara LaBoe

The busy roadway construction season is nonetheless gearing up – and can in simple terms growth throughout summer season – yet we’ve already considered too many shut calls in our work zones.

In simply 28 days – from April 23 to May 15 – we had three work zone crashes. Each time, human being struck one in every of our truck fastened attenuators – huge accordion-like units hooked up to the again of a truck to take in a crash’s effect and defend crews up ahead. The TMAs did their process and shielded our crews, but that’s nonetheless method too many shut calls.

On April 23, a pick-up truck struck a TMA on northbound I-5 shut to DuPont. No team members have been hurt, however the pick-up driver was taken to the hospital complaining of pain.
The electronic message board on top of this TMA was directing traffic to move over,
but the yellow attenuator was still damaged in a collision.

On May 15 one other TMA was hit on State Route 16 close to Gig Harbor whereas operating with a highway sweeping crew. Our driver pulled ahead and honked the horn when he saw the different automobile failing to stop, however the TMA was nonetheless struck and damaged.

The far left corner of this TMA was clipped along SR 16 near Gig Harbor, even though
the TMA driver pulled forward to minimize the impact.

Five days later, on May 20, a vehicle struck a TMA in a closed lane on southbound I-5 in Seattle after which spun round as a result of the effect and in addition bumped the upkeep truck up ahead.
This accordion-like truck mounted attenuator crumpled from the force of the impact
 it absorbed in a crash along I-5 near Seattle.

In every one case there had been caution indicators concerning the work up ahead, but drivers the two didn’t note or didn’t sluggish down in time to save away from the collisions. Thankfully, in all three circumstances nobody was heavily injured, but with extra construction on the way, we want everyone’s assist to save away from extra crashes within the coming months.

Help us assist you

We realize summer season construction may be frustrating, but typically that's the purely time of 12 months that the climate is dry sufficient to whole predominant tasks and make wanted repairs. We attempt to schedule work at evening time or off-peak instances whilst possible, but that doesn’t work for each one project.

We want the public’s assist in protecting everybody secure in work zones. We work tough to supply our crews lessons and tools – but everybody has to do their part.

Our employees are someone’s child, spouse, determine or liked one and they’re out on roadways to assist preserve everybody safe. They – and everybody traveling – deserve to cross dwelling to their households on the cease in their shifts.

So, each time you’re in or close to a piece zone please matter to:

Slow Down – force the posted speeds, they’re there in your safety
Be Kind – our employees are on the market aiding to preserve you secure and enhance the roadways
Pay Attention – equally to employees directing you and surrounding traffic; placed down your telephone whilst behind the wheel
Stay Calm – anticipate delays, depart early or take an trade route if possible; no assembly or appointment is value risking someone’s life.


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