Road work has started, so make adjustments

IT’S WELL KNOWN THAT the four seasons in Wisconsin are really almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction.

The fourth season – road construction – officially began this week.

Repaving of State 57 from one end of the county to the other has started and will continue through the summer, resulting in lane closures and one-lane traffic in both directions.

This is just one of a number of road projects scheduled for the county this summer by the state Department of Transportation as well as the Sheboygan County Highway Department.

Drivers can expect to encounter construction zones and traffic delays from one of the county to the other, from Lake Michigan to the Kettles.

The common factor in all of this will be the need to drive carefully, drive cautiously and to use caution and remain alert while driving in work zones.

There are an average of 10 fatalities and more than 750 injuries a year in construction zone accidents in Wisconsin – and an average of more than 1,600 construction zone crashes a year.

That is far, far too many.

Nationwide, the number of work zone fatalities has declined more than 50 percent over the last decade.

That’s a good trend, but we shouldn’t be satisfied until the number reaches zero – and stays there.

Nobody likes the inconvenience of road construction and the attendant detours and delays

– especially in summer, when so many people are eager to get on their way to vacations, picnics, the beach and other fun outings.

But all those things we’re going to this summer will still be there after we get through the detours, delays and traffic backups created by road work.

There are many ways to become aware of what kind of road work lays ahead on any road trip this summer, whether it’s on the internet or through the weekly updates printed in The Review and other local media.

It only takes a little advanced planning to adjust schedules to cope with road work and still reach a destination on time.

If it saves even one life and prevents one accident in a work zone, it is more than worth the extra time and effort.

At issue:
Road work zones
Bottom line:
Make sure they’re safe zones

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