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Workers Feeling Unsafe in Construction Zones

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Summer is construction season and with that comes work zones and speed reductions. However workers say in some projects they're not seeing everyone obey those speed limits.

One of the biggest construction zones in Fargo, has a five mile stretch of I-94 down to 40mph. as crews work on a variety of projects. Jimmi Jamieson, traffic control supervisor in that work zone says people constantly drive way too fast for the work zone. "I don't know if they're fed up with the construction or if they're just to important I'm not sure what it is, but they need to get where they need to go too fast and it's a danger to all of us."

This morning the Valley Today's John Trierweiler, kept track of those speeding in the I-94 work zone from 5:00am - 6:30am, counting 112 East bound drivers going over the posted speed limit.

North Dakota Highway Patrol Captain Bryan Niewind, adds that speed reductions are not only in place to keep workers safe but drivers as well. "If you're coming through the zone and you're speeding you're creating problems for other people."

Niewind, says that troopers will have a visible presence in work zones throughout the state to try and mitigate the problem.  If you're caught speeding, fines in North Dakota work zones start at $80 when workers are present and in Minnesota start at $250.

Since June 17th, North Dakota Troopers have stopped over 225 vehicles, issued over 130 speeding tickets and responded to 21 crashes in the I-94 work zone.

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