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With dry summer weather just ahead, travelers in Portland will likely see more construction work that impacts city streets. A lot of this work is to upgrade water mains and sewer pipes and repair road pavement. With this necessary work comes an increase in traffic delays.
National studies indicate that driver distraction is the biggest factor in work zone collisions along with excessive vehicle speed. And 40 percent of work zone collisions occur in the transition area just prior to the work zone.
The Portland Water Bureau recommends the following safety tips for motorists and bicyclists to keep in mind when observing bright orange signs, cones, barricades, utility workers, and traffic flaggers:
Please help keep you, other drivers, and our workers protected by slowing down for work zone safety.