Portable rumble strips to alert drivers of work zones

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Work crews are using some new devices in an attempt to provide extra warning and protection for themselves and drivers.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says it is using portable temporary rumble trips during daytime lane closures on two-lane roads.

Starting this year, the portable devices will be installed on applicable, active work zones across Virginia, and VDOT will require the use of the devices for lane closures on two-lane roads that have centerline markings.

Once the devices are in place, signs will be put up to warn drivers about the strips and urging them to use caution in the area.

VDOT says the rumble strips will encourage slower speeds in applicable work zones.

"Construction season is beginning, and we need to consider every safety measure available for work zones," said VDOT Chief Deputy Commissioner Robert Cary. "Portable temporary rumble strips will provide an additional layer of protection for everyone in work zones, whether you are working or driving. The noise and vibration caused by driving over these devices will cause both workers and drivers to pay extra attention and be alerted to changing conditions ahead."

VDOT says nine people, workers and travelers, were killed in active work zones across the Commonwealth in 2018, down from 12 in 2017.

There were also more than 2,500 work zone crashes in 2018, resulting in more than 1,250 injuries. In 2017, more than 1,330 people were hurt in work zone crashes.

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