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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

National Work Zone Awareness Week

April 13, 2016

This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week. It brings national attention to motorists, bicyclists, workers safety, and mobility issues in work zones.

With the dry weather ahead, travelers in Portland will likely see more construction work. The majority of the work is to upgrade water mains and sewer pipes and repair roads, which may increase traffic delays.

National studies indicate that driver distraction is the biggest factor in work zone collisions along with excessive vehicle speed.

The Portland Water Bureau recommends the following safety tips to keep in mind while you’re cruising down Portland streets:

  • Use an alternate route. When you can, avoid streets with posted work zones.
  • Expect delays. Plan to leave early so you can drive safely through the work zone and avoid having to rush.
  • Be alert. Pay attention to the driving task and watch the cars ahead of you.
  • Obey all speed and warning signs. They are there for your safety and will help prevent a collision.
  • Do not tailgate.  Double the following distance
  • Carefully move over.  When possible give workers more room between them and your vehicle, but do not veer into on-coming traffic lane.
  • Watch for vehicle access. Be aware that temporary construction may impact either side of the road, or adjacent streets.
  • Stay clear of construction vehicles.  Heavy vehicles travel in and out of the work areas and can make sudden moves

Check out the Water Bureau’s website for more information.