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Work Zone Safety

2021 Work Zone Fatalities (To Date)

For My Sake and Yours work zone safety graphic showing a construction flagger with a SLOW sign

Did you know that Oregon motorists suffer more fatalities and serious injuries in work zones than work zone workers do?  Drivers need to slow down, be aware of their changing surroundings, and drive as calmly as possible while driving in work zones.

To date, these fatalities that have occurred:  

  • A driver and passenger in Polk County on Hwy 22 on February 7, 2021
  • A driver in Klamath County on Hwy 140 on February 23, 2021
  • A driver in Douglas County on I-5 on July 8, 2021
  • A driver in Yamhill County on SR 99W on August 18, 2021

  • ​Here are some helpful reminders for keeping yourself and work zone crews safe during the winter driving season.

    Winter Driving Tips thumbnail image 
    ​​​Winter Driving in Work Zones

    For more information and winter travel tips, visit the
    ODOT Winter Travel Tips webpage​

    • ​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.

    Oregon Projects Tracker

    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.

    2021 Spanish Ads 

    No Se Distraiga En Las Zonas De Trabajo and Respete La Zona​ can be used as a web banner ad or 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.


    "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'

    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.

    ​Flagger certification training is currently being updated. Please stay tuned. More information will be coming soon.

    ODOT has designated the Chemeketa Community College Center for Business and Industry​ as the administrator of flagger curriculum, materials and flagger certification cards. 

    The Transportation Safety Office 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.

    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


    William Warner
    Program Manager

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

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