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Construction Dangers

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Next up this road construction season, a major interstate project and it's going to be pretty tight squeeze for drivers. 

Cones will be going up as soon as Monday for that project along a five mile stretch of Interstate in the metro. The work will repair concrete pavement, and other things,  but it's not just orange signs you need be looking for.

Valley news teams Kristi Larson tells us just how close workers and drivers will get.

The same colors warn drivers they are entering a construction zone, but the type of construction, and the danger, can vary.

"we're going to have a project of about five miles long, but it's not going to be your typical the kind of construction you're used to as we go through our projects," says ND Assistant District Engineer, Kevin Gorder, "we're going to work right up to the line that we share with the users, so we're going to have folks on foot right next to the construction zone right next to the car traffic."

The construction is already going to shutdown one lane of traffic, and once you add in all the traffic cones, the equipment and the people running it, it all makes for a tight squeeze when cars are cruising through.

"Think about 10 foot lanes or 11 foot lanes, you know a garage door is nine feet wide and you feel how tight that gets you with your car." says Kevin.

The close proximity will drop the speed limit down to 40 mph to keep crews safe. Last year in North Dakota there were over 250 crashes in work zones, two people died. So while driving through work zones make sure both you and these workers end up home safe.

"Just focus on driving through the work zone, slow down, don't tailgate." Kevin reminds drivers.

While crews are out working drivers will have lanes about 10 to 11 feet wide, so if your car is 6 feet wide, it leaves a few feet between you and the workers.

The ND DOT hopes to have it all wrapped up by the end of August, weather permitting, of course.
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