Safety in construction zones

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The City of Sault Ste. Marie is reminding motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to exercise caution in construction zones by slowing down and staying safe.

Spring marks the start of road construction season and projects will increase in the coming weeks. Construction crews are required to follow strict safety protocols and traffic control measures to ensure their safety and the safety of the public. Members of the public can do their part to keep workers and other travelers safe by observing the following recommendations. 

When approaching construction zones, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are asked to:

  • Slow down and proceed with caution
  • Watch for construction crew
  • Pay attention to all signs – normal speed limits will be reduced and traffic lanes may have changed
  • Be patient and expect delays
  • Keep a safe distance between yourself and/or your vehicle and construction workers, equipment and traffic barriers

Ontario laws double speeding fines in construction zones when workers are present. In addition to any speeding violation the total payable fine for disobeying a road closed sign is $110 and upon conviction, two demerit points. 

“It’s important for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to respect construction zones and traffic laws,” says Larry Girardi, Deputy CAO, Public Works and Engineering Services.

“For your safety and the safety of our workers, please obey all signage and traffic control personnel. If you see service vehicles, flashing yellow lights or four-way signals, working equipment or workers on roads please slow down and use caution. We want everyone to make it home safely.” 

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