According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) – Beaumont Twitter account and KFDM.com, there will be lane closers on I10 near Taylor’s Bayou starting tonight. Construction can be annoying as a driver but it usually means improvement to roadways and maintenance for continued safety. Therefore, it is necessary. While construction causes delays during the project, in some cases it can help speed up the flow of traffic later on.
It is important to slow down and allow extra time to travel to your destination, especially if you know you will be going through construction zones. It is always better to arrive early than to rush through traffic and risk road rage. TxDOT offers some tips for driving through construction zones on their website:
- Slow down and always follow posted work zone speed limits. Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes. Remember, traffic fines double in work zones when workers are present; fines can cost up to $2,000.
- Pay attention. Workers and heavy equipment may only be a few feet from passing vehicles.
- Don’t tailgate.
- Stay alert and minimize distractions such as cell phones.
- Obey road crew flaggers;
- Expect the unexpected. Delays from highway construction can be frustrating, but it only takes a few extra minutes to slow down for a work zone.
- Plan ahead. Leave a few minutes early when traveling through a work zone in order to reach your destination on time.
If you are taking a trip, check out https://drivetexas.org for road conditions that include construction and accidents that are causing delays. Making an effort to stay safe can help you and those around you, including construction workers and fellow motorists. Stay safe this weekend.
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