RICHMOND, Va. (WHSV) — In an effort to improve safety in work zones, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will begin deploying temporary rumble strips to encourage drivers to slow down.
The strips will be placed on any two-lane road with center line markings during daylight hours while workers are present.
Once installed, crews will also post warning signs ahead of the work zone letting drivers know to slow down and travel with caution.
The sound of cars driving over the strips will alert workers to approaching vehicles.
“Construction season is beginning, and we need to consider every safety measure available for work zones,” said VDOT Chief Deputy Commissioner Robert Cary. “Portable temporary rumble strips will provide an additional layer of protection for everyone in work zones, whether you are working or driving. The noise and vibration caused by driving over these devices will cause both workers and drivers to pay extra attention and be alerted to changing conditions ahead.”
VDOT said 1,256 people were injured and nine people, including motorists, were killed in work zones throughout the state in 2018.
The rumble strips will be required to be in use by July 1.
You can see how the temporary rumble strips work in a video below: