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John's Jobs: Work Zone Traffic Control

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It's a job where you have to be vigilante and stay on your toes, will get dirty hands and need to be visible. It's the job of working traffic control in the I-94 work zone and this morning it was our John Trierweiler's job.

Before any traffic control is put in place DOT engineers, like Kevin Gorder, consult the national manual on uniform traffic devices, ensuring consistency. "So if you enter a work zone in North Dakota it's similar to a work zone in Minnesota, or if you're driving in Florida you should be able to see something that's the similarity in these work zones so that you can recognize a work zone and use the signing to get you through the work zone."

About 1,000 orange barrels, 150 signs and 500 orange tubes make up the nearly five mile I-94 work zone, helping protect about 150 workers. However traffic control is more than just keeping workers safe. Jimmi Jamieson, Traffic Control Supervisor on the project says his traffic control is equally important to drivers as well.

"We have to keep the drivers safe, or else you end up with accidents people getting killed, you know many sorts of things," Jamieson, works seven days a week to keep everyone safe and work zone traffic moving.

When asked though if John has what it takes to handle to this job, Jamieson said he might have new summer co-worker. "I think you could handle it, it just takes some getting used to the hours and the labor but it pays off in the end cause you get winters off."

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