Charlotte - In response to concerns about crashes in the work zone along I-77, the N.C. Department of Transportation is taking the following immediate actions:
Sending its work zone traffic safety specialist to further evaluate the area.
Reaffirming its partnership with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol through the HAWKS program (Helping All Work Zones Keep Safe) in the corridor.
"It takes engineering, enforcement and education to make a work zone safe, but the most important work zone safety feature is the driver behind the wheel," said Kevin Lacy, state traffic engineer.
NCDOT asks drivers to also do their part to keep themselves and others safe on the road by following these tips:
PUT DOWN YOUR CELL PHONE.
Pay close attention and expect the unexpected. Watch out for changing traffic patterns, workers and their equipment.
The department has been monitoring conditions along I-77 to determine if any adjustments need to be made, including speed limit changes.
Crash data shows that the types of crashes reported have been less severe and less likely to result in serious injury or death. The most common types of crashes are rear-end collisions and sideswipes, which is typical for a work zone.