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Road officials reminding travelers to stay safe in construction zones

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North Dakota Roadway officials want to remind travelers to be safe as they're driving through work zones this summer.

"We're entering the time of the year when construction, maintenance and utility work is going to be occurring on the state highways, city roadways and county roadways in the state of North Dakota," says NDDOT Director Grant Levi.

This Memorial Day weekend is kicking off the warm weather and the most heavily trafficked time in the state, so crews are asking you to be cautious when you see the cones.

"We're asking them to please, please slow down and be patient. Last year, there were 248 crashes within work zones and unfortunately there were 2 fatalities that occurred," says Levi.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the two best things a motorist can do when in or near a work zone is to slow down and make sure you have enough space between you and the vehicle ahead of you.

"These simple steps allow additional time to react if an unexpected situation should arise," says Tom Iverson of the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

During last year's construction season, troopers issued 900 citations. The most common violation: speeding. 800 million dollars worth of construction in North Dakota  is planned for the warmer months and the work on 25th Street South in Fargo is costing 15 million alone.

"We have a very busy, busy year and as you're traveling, the traveling public is going to encounter orange," says Levi.

So when you do, slow down and help make this construction season productive and safe. If you have any questions about where construction zones are located, visit the NDDOT website here.
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