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Slow Down and See the Orange for National Work Zone Awareness Week (And All Year Round)

Construction workers working on downtown Portland streetOur maintenance and construction crews are ready 24/7 to respond to water emergencies all over the metro area. Workers can be spotted wearing brightly-colored vests and hard hats that alert motorists and bicyclists to use caution when approaching work zones. With warmer weather just a few weeks away, summer construction season is almost here, and you’ll be seeing more orange around town.

This summer, please be on alert when you see fluorescent-clad crews working in the street.

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:

  • 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 oncoming 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.

Use these safety tips this summer (and all year round) to keep you, other drives, bicyclists, and our workers safe.

Upcoming Construction Projects

Learn about upcoming Water Bureau construction projects here. Then check out the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Get Portland Moving information page at