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Work Zone Safety

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Driver TipsHere are tips to keep yourself, your family and highway workers safe:

  • Stay alert! Look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers.
  • Pay attention. Work zone signs will tell you exactly what to expect ahead.
  • Merge early. If drivers merge as soon as they see the signs, traffic will flow more smoothly.
  • Slow down. If you’re speeding, you may encounter slowed or stopped traffic within seconds.
  • Don’t tailgate. Maintain a safe distance on all sides of your vehicle.
  • Plan ahead. Expect delays and allow extra travel time. Select an alternate route if you are running late.
  • Slow down when approaching a work zone at night. Visibility can be difficult due to the glare of oncoming headlights. Slowing down and proceeding with caution will allow for everyone to stay safe.

Our Work ZonesMDOT understands that traveling through highway work zones can be frustrating, and dangerous, because work zones present many drivers with unfamiliar driving conditions. Below are some common situations motorists may encounter as a result of a work zone.

Mobile Work Zone
MDOT understands that traveling through highway work zones can be frustrating, and dangerous, because work zones present many drivers with unfamiliar driving conditions. Below are some common situations motorists may encounter as a result of a work zone.
  • An MDOT vehicle parked on the shoulder indicating which lane will be closed ahead.
  • A second MDOT vehicle in the lane of the work being performed with a flashing arrow board letting motorists know to move over.
  • A third MDOT vehicle that is performing the work.
The first two vehicles will follow the third vehicle, and give motorists ample time to merge into adjacent lanes prior to the vehicle performing the work. Motorists should begin merging when they see the first vehicle parked on the shoulder.
Single Lane Closure on Highways
This work zone is used for the closure of one lane of a two-lane road. This work zone can be used for many different types of work including the resurfacing of a travel lane or road shoulder repair work. The work zone will be clearly defined and separated from traffic with orange barrels or cones. Once drivers reach the work zone, they should follow the direction given to them by the flagger. Remember, the flagger knows what is going on inside the work zone and is there to protect you and the MDOT crews working on the road.
Single Lane Closure on Interstates
This work zone setup is used for the closure of a single lane on an interstate or four-lane divided highway. This work zone can be used for many different types of work including the resurfacing of a travel lane or road shoulder repair work.
These three work zone types are the most common drivers are likely to see on Mississippi’s highways. However, project details may require the setup of another type of work zone. Regardless of the work zone, motorists should obey the signs posted when approaching and traveling through work zones, use caution and avoid distractions. Work zones are setup in specific ways to keep the driver, passengers and MDOT crews safe.

Worker MemorialDedicated to the memory of our fallen workers who lost their lives in service to transportation in Mississippi.

Lawrence H. Davis
Albert E. Enis
Richard H. Tisdale
Henry R. Martin
Grover L. Entrekin
Daniel E. Ladner
Alfred H. Mizell
Carl A. Smith
Jacob F. Chambers
Ralph Davis
Wilton E. Lang
George Killens
Ernest Saucier
Roy C. Jackson
James M. Newell
Arter I. Huddleston
Clayton Johnson
James R. Lowery
Robert K. Pauilihau
Robert L. Evans
Warneal Roberts
James Wright
Jimmy C. Weatherall
Neil Thornton
Franklin L. Gilbert
Chester A. Berryman
William F. Brown
Justin H. Edwards
Albert M. Mullican
David R. Boykin
Lamar Magee
Lucious Harris
James D. McDaniel, Sr.
Stayce M. Wilkinson
Johnny C. Cooper
James T. Marsh
David Lee Jones
Samuel C. Clark
Tyler R. Kilsby
Leon Sims
Hollis Anderson, Jr.
Henry Butler, Jr.
Ricky Daniel Murrah
Edward B. Reves
Visit the MDOT Worker Memorial site in-person at the MDOT Headquarters located at 401 N. West St. in Jackson.
For more information regarding the memorial, please contact MDOT here.

Severe Weather Preparedness

Mississippi has the potential for severe weather year round. MDOT’s offers tips if you encounter severe weather while on the road:
  • Never drive through a flooded area; the water may carry your vehicle or even cause it to stall.
  • Do not use cruise control when the roads are wet. The distance it takes to stop increases in these conditions.
  • If driving and you encounter hail, find shelter for your car.
  • If you are in your vehicle during a tornado, seek sturdy shelter or the lowest part of the ground such as a ditch. Never seek shelter under highway overpasses.
  • Use your headlights whenever conditions require the use of windshield wipers.
MDOT advises Mississippians to prepare in advance, stay informed, and know what actions to take to keep you and your family safe before, during and after severe weather occurs. For weather alerts and information about road conditions, visit MDOTTraffic.com, download the MDOT Traffic mobile app in the App Store or Google Play store or call 511.

Summer Travel Tips

Each summer many Mississippians pack their bags and load their vehicles preparing for much needed vacations. MDOT’s top priority is to keep motorists safe, while providing efficient roads and highways for travel. Additional caution is encouraged during the summer months since this is the peak time for construction, when motorists encounter more work zones than usual.
Below are useful tips that will help guarantee a safer drive:
  • Avoid speeding, especially through work zones
  • Always buckle up
  • Don’t drink and drive, or ride with someone who has been drinking
  • Share the road - you aren’t the only one out there, watch for pedestrians, bicyclists, children and animals
Prior to your exciting adventure, have your vehicle thoroughly inspected:
  • Check tires for tread wear and proper pressure
  • Check your battery
  • Make sure belts and hoses are in good shape
  • Replace your windshield wiper blades
  • Check all brake and head lights
  • Make sure your air conditioning is ready for the heat
Using these suggestions below will help you have a nice and comfortable escape:
  • Make sure you have plenty of water and snacks, maybe even a little caffeine for those long stretches between pit stops
  • Take a blanket and pillow so passengers can nap comfortably
  • Be sure to bring along tissues, disinfectant wipes and paper towels
  • Have an umbrella handy for those pop-up summer showers
  • Don’t forget your cell phone charger

Your Transportation

When a traffic safety issue is identified, changing the roadway—including traffic signals, signage, or the like—may appear to be the most direct solution. However, a close look at crash data and driver behavior often reveals that engineering is just one component of a complete traffic safety solution—a solution that also includes education, enforcement, and emergency services.

Engineering changes to improve safety and mobility can range from simple road striping improvements to the complete reconstruction of entire highway corridors. Here you can find the different safety improvements that have been implemented across Mississippi.

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MDOT's Safety Efforts

Toward Zero Deaths

Moving Mississippi towards zero deaths.

In an effort to drive down the number of deaths on roadways in the state, MDOT has adopted the Towards Zero Deaths vision as a part of its highway safety plan.

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Safety Education

Preparing tomorrow's drivers today.

To support parents, teens and educators in reducing high fatality statistics, MDOT’s Safety Education website offers resources and training for the public.

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