Capitol Complex Safety
If you work in the Capitol Complex, construction seems to exist at every turn. State employees are facing streets and lane closures, traffic pattern changes, and parking lot closures. The State Office of Risk Management wants to remind state employees to use caution when navigating these once familiar areas, and stay alert to the changes around the Capitol Complex. Apply the following five tips to all construction zones to ensure your personal safety, as well as the safety of road workers, other motorists, and pedestrians.
- Take Your Time – Increase your awareness and pay close attention while driving in work zones. Road workers and construction equipment may be in close proximity to your vehicle. Consider the possibility of low visibility and congestion as drivers maneuver through work zones. Keep in mind that traffic fines can double in construction zones.
- Expect the Unexpected – Vehicles, equipment, or construction workers can enter the driving lane with no warning. So, be vigilant and watch for brake lights and signage when traveling through work zones. Be aware of changing traffic patterns, lane closures, and posted signage on work zones.
- Read the Signs – Look out for posted orange and black traffic signs that give warnings and information. Be aware of flaggers and follow their directions.
- Use Your Signals – Use proper turn signals when traveling through work zones. Make yourself visible to other vehicles and construction workers.
- Beware of Bumps – Exercise caution when driving in work zones, and stay aware of uneven surfaces, worn pavement, and height changes in lanes. These are only some of the common bump hazards you may encounter in an active work zone. Make sure to also use extreme caution in work zones when operating a motorcycle or bicycle.
For more information and quick safety tips, please visit the Texas Department of Insurance website. You can also stay up to date on Capitol Complex construction, road closures, and parking alerts on the Capitol Complex Master Plan website provided by the Texas Facilities Commission