The remaining recommendations are targeted at increasing motorists' awareness
of their responsibility in the safety of highway workers, awareness of work zone
traffic laws and providing communication to the motorists before entering a work
zone and during travel through a work zone. Reaching out to drivers education
programs and revising the "Rules of the Road,” public service announcements, and
corporate safety sponsorships are included to increase overall work zone safety
awareness. Transportation agency policies are being revised to provide motorists
with work zones that are consistent in appearance. Work zone messages and
signage are being changed to provide consistent and accurate information to
Transportation, enforcement and safety-related agencies together with labor
and the construction industry will continue a series of short time framed task
forces to address the implementation of short- and long-term measures identified
by the task force. Many of the implemented measures will also improve work zone
safety of rural highways and urban streets.
The following items are those which have been completed and/or
Better Defining a Work Zone
Effective with the April 2004 letting, projects on multi-lane facilities
will have signs that better delineate the appropriate speed in a particular
area of the work zone, the minimum fine for speeding, and also where it is
safe to resume normal speed. Existing multi-lane construction projects will
also have the revised signs.
Increase Use of Police to Enforce
Work Zone Speed Limits
Funding for the State Police "Hire Back" Program has been increased from
$1.25 million to $1.7 million. This will allow the department to hire
additional state troopers for increased police enforcement on this season's
construction projects. Active construction projects over the past winter
have had increased state police presence.
Modify Driver Education Curriculum to
Increase Focus on Work Zone Issues
A compact disc and associated teaching manual has been completed. The
mailing to 1,500 high schools and private driver education facilities was
started in February 2004.
Provide Increased Funding for Media PSAs
Funding to provide Public Service Announcements during prime time has
been increased from $827,000 to $1 million.
Develop a Graphic Sign to Publicize Work
Zone Related Penalties
Effective with the April 2004 letting projects on multi-lane facilities, the
sign "Hit a Worker, $10,000 Fine, 14 Years Jail" will be posted. The sign
will also be posted on existing multi-lane construction projects.
Place a Higher Emphasis on Work Zone
The department's resident engineers have been told personally by the
Director of Highways to enforce the penalties to contractors who do not
provide the required work zone traffic control. The resident engineers have
been directed to drive through projects at a predetermined minimum frequency
(depending on type and size of project) usually at least once per day to
inspect the traffic control.
Develop More Consistent Looking Work
Effective with the April 2004 letting, multi-lane construction projects with
two lanes merging to one lane will have a more consistent look. The options
have been eliminated. Directional barricades have been added to aid to the
driver in knowing where to go. Existing multi-lane construction projects
will also have these changes made to the projects.
Temporary Changeable Message Boards
Temporary changeable message boards are being used to better communicate to
drivers what they need to do, and provide more consistency in work zones.
Increase Membership to the "Traffic
Work Zone Safety" Committee
The membership has been increased to include the Illinois State Toll Highway
Authority and OSHA.
Increased Law Enforcement Coordination
Throughout the Project
At a series of winter meetings with the district construction staff, they
have been told to increase their interactions with local law enforcement
agencies who are involved on specific construction projects. This past
winter coordinated efforts occurred with the department, state police, and
local press in the Peoria area to raise motorist's awareness of Scott's Law
("Hit a Worker, $10,000 Fine/Go to Jail").
Educate Workers as to the Limitations
A brochure has been developed to aid in the education of workers about
safety limitations of traffic control barriers.
Use of Remote-Controlled Flagger
The department is in the process of purchasing 20 devices for use in the
districts this year, allowing flaggers to be moved further away from the
Require High Visibility Vests Meeting
ANSI Class II on All Workers During Daytime Operations
The department will require all workers on a project to have higher
Require ANSI Class III High Visibility
Garments During Nighttime Operations
The department is in the process of finalizing the requirement of highly
reflective vests for nighttime.
The following items are being pursued legislatively:
Increase Fines for Speeding in a Work
Total fine for first occurrence changes from $200 to $500. For second and
subsequent occurrences, it goes up from $350 to $1,000.
Increase Use of Police to Enforce Work
Zone Speed Limits and Encourage Voluntary Compliance
The current surcharge of $50 per ticket will increase to $125 for
first occurrence and $250 for second and subsequent occurrences.
Change Legislation to Allow the Use of
Photo Enforcement Technologies
The proposed legislation will allow photo enforcement techniques
for work zones only. Due to the cost of the equipment, estimated $120,000
per unit, the equipment will be used as a pilot program the first year.
The following items are pending:
Expand Use of Innovative Enforcement
The department will cooperate with the Illinois State Police
in upcoming construction projects to incorporate innovative work zone speed
Update "In the Zone" Brochure
The department will be updating the safety brochure: In the Zone: Driving
Safely Through Construction and Emergency Zones, which explains various
items associated with a work zone and the fines for speeding in a work zone.
Provide Positive Barrier Protection in
The department is revising its policies and procedures to
provide more barriers to protect workers from traffic.
Nighttime Illumination of the Flagger
The department will develop lighting guidelines for nighttime illumination
of flaggers so they can be seen more easily by the driver.
The following are long-term items:
Revise the Rules of the Road Manual
Cooperating with the Secretary of State's office, the department will
provide suggested improvements to the work zone portion of the Rules of the
Investigate Corporate Sponsors
Pursuing sponsorship to help reach out to the motoring public to slow down
and be careful when driving through a work zone will help increase motorist
awareness of the dangers within work zones.
Portable Work Zone Traffic Control
Systems and Surveillance Cameras
These systems can monitor traffic flow information and
speeds to provide immediate feedback to traffic entering a work zone
regarding expected delays.
Use of Crashworthy Protective Mobile
The department is encouraging industry to develop crashworthy mobile devices
to better physically protect flaggers.