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Work Zone Safety

The goal of the Work Zone Safety Program is to reduce fatal and serious injury traffic crashes in all roadway and utility work zones.


  • ​Work zone crashes are often more severe than other types of crashes.
  • Most work zone crashes are caused by drivers not paying attention.
  • Speeding or driving too fast for conditions is the second leading cause of work zone crashes.
  • Fines in work zones are double in work zones whether workers are present or not.

Work Zone Safety Fact Sheet
Work Zone Safety Infographic

​Work zone safety is a priority for ODOT, our industry partners and law enforcement. We engineer, construct and enforce work zone laws to lower the risk to travelers and workers.

2019 Oregon Projects Map
2019 Northwest Oregon Construction Map

Portland Area Summer Construction Information


Work Zone Safety Media Tool Kit

​In coordination with our partners for the work zone construction season, the Oregon Department of Transportation is making the following work zone safety campaign materials available for your use in print ads.

Billboard "Don't zone out. Stay alert in work zones" - art can work as a billboard or printed poster.

Facebook Ads "Don't zone out in work zones" and "Orange is in. Distractions are out" - These ads can be posted to your company's Facebook page as posts or through a Facebook media buy.

Poster "Don't zone out in work zones"

Rack Card or Mailer 6" x 9" "It's all in the set up"

Vehicle Decals and Magnets "Don't zone out. Stay alert in work zones" - Artwork for magnets and decals that can be applied on vehicles is available in three sizes to give flexibility of application.
Magnet: 36" x 18"
Decal: 3' x 2'
Decal: 4' x 4'

Web Banners "Don't zone out in work zones" - These banners are intended to be used on webpages, e-newletters, email signatures and other digital materials.
Orange web banner: 160 x 600
White web banner: 160 x 600

Orange web banner: 300 x 250
White web banner: 300 x 250

Orange web banner: 728 x 90
White web banner: 728 x 90

Information regarding material customization and a list of printers and installers​

Audio and Video

:30 Radio "Signs​" This radio spot can be posted on your company's website or Facebook page.

:30 TV PSA "Pay Attention​" This can be used for broadcast or posted on your company's website, Facebook or YouTube page.

​ODOT has designated the Chemeketa Community College Center for Business and Industry as the administrator of flagger curriculum, materials and flagger certification cards. To find out more about flagger certification classes is your area visit the Oregon Flagger Training and Certification Program web page.

Work zones that are set up properly are essential to worker and driver safety. Make sure you are familiar with state and federal requirements for setting up your work zone before you start.

Traffic Control Devices: Visit the Traffic Control Plans web page for the most up-to-date manuals and handbooks.

Device Quality Standards: Use the ATSSA "Quality Guidelines for Temporary Traffic Control Devices and Features" handbook to assess the quality of your devices.

Traffic Analysis: Refer to the ODOT Work Zone Traffic Analysis Tool Users' Guide to optimize lane closures and minimize delays.

Worker Safety: Before you start, check the Oregon OSHA Traffic Control website section for the latest safety guidelines.

Highway Restriction Form
The notice is required for all highway construction work zones or maintenance operations that will close all or a portion of a state highway, an interchange ramp; or, restrict the width, length, height or weight of large trucks. Highway Restriction Notice

The Transportation Safety Division offers dozens of free booklets, brochures, posters, stickers, and other materials designed to promote safe driving, biking and walking. 
There are no costs for ordering these public education and information items if the request is within the program limit amount. For larger orders, a special printing can be arranged at cost. The listings in the catalog are updated as materials are added or discontinued.

Sam Johnston
Interim Work Zone Safety Program Manager
503-986-4195 (Salem)

Transportation Safety Division
ODOT-TLC Building, MS 3
4040 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302-1142

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