Government puts further emphasis on safety in construction zones (09/02/23)

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Feb. 23, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Safety procedures for members of the construction industry and others who work along roads and highways are being revamped by The Department of Transportation as a followup to its successful education campaign on the need for motorists to slow down in construction zones.

Transportation Minister Denis Landry has launched a new Work Area Traffic Control Manual, which comes into effect on May 4.

"We have asked motorists to be aware, be more cautious, slow down, identify areas where construction is taking place, and watch for construction workers and signs for detours and rerouting," said Landry. "We have now reached out to companies and utilities, urging them to be more proactive. Everyone must be responsible, and everyone has a part to play in ensuring that our routes are safe."

The manual provides a uniform set of traffic control guidelines for all work carried out on provincial roads. Any work that occurs within the right-of-way of a provincial road must conform to the guidelines prescribed by the manual.

"There has been a great deal of consultation with stakeholders in developing this manual, and I want to commend all those who have participated," said Landry. "Their continued co-operation moving forward in putting this manual into every day practice will be the key in reducing the number of deaths, accidents and serious injuries in the province."

Contractors bidding on capital projects for the 2009-10 construction season are required to use the new manual, which will be available in hard copy on March 2. The electronic version of the document may be found online.

Motorists are reminded that as part of its effort to promote safer roads and highways, the Government of New Brunswick has doubled fines for speeding in construction and school zones.


MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.