Work Zone Speed Limits

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RealDiehl's Comment
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I guess we've all seen this kind of sign, or something similar. What do you think is the correct way to adjust your speed when you see this prior to entering a work zone?

Let's say it is the middle of the night (I guess it could be anytime though). One lane is closed and cones/barrels are lining the dotted line. There are clearly no workers present. Do you slow down and obey the posted speed? Or do you continue driving along at 60 or 65 (whatever the regular speed limit was)?

Some signs give a speed limit that says "when flashing". If the sign is not flashing but, you are clearly entering a construction zone with a lane closure, do you adjust your speed?

I just want to see what other drivers do in these circumstances.


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PackRat's Comment
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If no blinking lights for the sign indicating "Workers Present", I'd slow down to around 50 mph at night. I'm then on the lookout for workers, equipment, and those excellent dump truck drivers.

I've noticed more construction this year already than I can recall seeing in years past.


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RealDiehl's Comment
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I've noticed more construction this year already than I can recall seeing in years past.

Yeah, man! Seems like a whole lot of construction. Eastern WY especially is nothing but single lanes for large sections of 80.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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I continue driving the speed limit 60-75 or whatever it is. I keep an eye out for workers because unless there are visible workers (which are generally easy to see from a mile away) the speed limit has not changed. If it's the flashing light one, if the lights aren't flashing I continue unless I can actually see workers then I slow to whatever the sign says, assuming the batteries died or they forgot to turn them on.

Dan67's Comment
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If you see a lane closed with signage, barrels, or sawhorse.. Slow Down! Slow down to the posted speed limit. If there is not a posted speed limit, slow down to the minimum speed posted. Even if you do not see workers but there is a lane closed, you still must follow the posted speed limits. From the time a shovel first hits the dirt until the last cone is removed it is still a lawful active work zone.

Moe's Comment
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Call me a stickler for rules and policy but I slow down to 45 until I'm passed it, the tickets are higher for work zone violations and aren't looked at too favorable from CSA perspective. I tend to be overly cautious though, I worked hard to get my CDL and I'm not going to *cough* farkle *cough* it up potentially, when I can just slow to the 45 for the however many miles it is and make up when I get out of the zone, thats just me though....


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Davy A.'s Comment
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Ill slow down, to around the posted for the work zone, Im new and cautious. If its a 55, and clear, I might hit 60, but generally I just do whatever is posted, Im starting to get more comfortable, but I dont want to risk exceeding my skills.

Adam J.'s Comment
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I have run into a lot of construction so far (and I have not been solo long). I slow down even if I don't see anyone. I figure it is quicker to slow down than have to sit besides the highway waiting while a trooper takes his time writing a ticket and going over my logs or truck because I didn't want to drop my speed a little.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Just tonight otw home from Toledo,..they had the digital ones saying 45 mph.

There WERE a few workers with the spotlights...even at 1100…

Just Ohio? Idk.

Be safe, all y'all! Got a late night ride in the 18'er was slow.


Ramper Romper's Comment
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There WERE a few workers with the spotlights...even at 1100…

Just Ohio? Idk.


No, many States do road construction at night...probably because of less traffic.


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