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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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Work Zone Safety

Work Zone Stats


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 MemorialHighway work is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Since 1992, transportation accidents have been the leading cause of one-the-job deaths in the United States. It’s important to remember that roadside workers have families they hope to return to after each day of work.

MDOT will be honoring our fallen workers with a memorial dedicated to the memory of our fallen workers who lost their lives in service to transportation in Mississippi:

1951
Lawrence H. Davis
1955
Albert E. Enis
1959
Richard H. Tisdale
1960
Henry R. Martin
1961
Grover L. Entrekin
Daniel E. Ladner
1964
Alfred H. Mizell
1967
Carl A. Smith
1968
Jacob F. Chambers
Ralph Davis
1970
Wilton E. Lang
1973
George Killens
Ernest Saucier
1975
Roy C. Jackson
1976
James M. Newell
1977
Arter I. Huddleston
1979
Edward B. Reves
1980
Clayton Johnson
James R. Lowery
1982
Robert K. Pauilihau
1987
Robert L. Evans
Warneal Roberts
1988
James Wright
Jimmy C. Weatherall
1990
Neil Thornton
Franklin L. Gilbert
1991
Chester A. Berryman
1993
William F. Brown
1997
Justin H. Edwards
1998
Albert M. Mullican
David R. Boykin
2001
Lamar Magee
Lucious Harris
James D. McDaniel, Sr.
Stayce M. Wilkinson
2003
Johnny C. Cooper
James T. Marsh
2007
David Lee Jones
2009
Samuel C. Clark
2010
Tyler R. Kilsby
Leon Sims
2012
Hollis Anderson, Jr.
2014
Henry Butler, Jr.
Ricky Daniel Murrah

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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