Safe travels: Tips for driving through pipeline construction work zones

Work zones are important for maintaining, constructing and upgrading critical infrastructure such as roadways, bridges and pipelines. We constantly discuss the energy and economic benefits of infrastructure projects. At the end of the day, however, our primary goal is to ensure that each Atlantic Sunrise pipeline expansion worker and commuters makes it home safely. We want drivers to navigate our work zones without incident.

National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 9-13, is the perfect time to stress that work zone safety is everyone’s responsibility: drivers and passengers, construction crews and emergency services are all accountable each day for work zone safety. If you’re in a work zone, you play an important role in safeguarding people’s lives.

According to U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration data, most 2016 work zone incidents occurred on arterial (high traffic) roadways. That year — the latest data available — saw 765 fatal crashes in work zones, with 143 worker fatalities. Speeding was a factor in 190 of these crashes.

It’s important to exercise caution when driving, but especially when driving through a work zone. Please keep these tips in mind when driving through a pipeline construction work zone:

  • Check phone apps, websites and the radio before you go to get the latest traffic information.
  • Always wear your seatbelt. It’s your best defense in a crash.
  • Expect the unexpected, as the work zone you drove through yesterday may be completely different today.
  • Avoid distractions and keep your eyes on the road.
  • Keep alert and pay attention to other drivers since narrowed traffic patterns hamper your ability to maneuver around other vehicles.
  • Don’t speed or tailgate other drivers because these often lead to crashes.
  • Obey road crews and signs.
  • Be patient and stay calm. Crews are working to improve infrastructure to better all our lives.

At the end of the day, however, our primary goal is to ensure that the  Atlantic Sunrise pipeline expansion is constructed safely, which applies to both construction workers and commuters. It is important to us that drivers navigate our work zones without incident.