PennDOT Uses Forbes Avenue Improvement Project to Stress Work Zone Safety

Fines Doubled for Work Zone Speeders

Joe DeStio
May 17, 2018 - 4:19 pm
 PennDOT is using the Forbes Avenue reconstruction project in Oakland to remind motorists to slow down and pay attention in highway construction zones.

Joe DeStio

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – PennDOT is using the Forbes Avenue reconstruction project in Oakland to remind motorists to slow down and pay attention in highway construction zones. District Executive Cheryl Moon-Siriani says Forbes Avenue is especially dangerous because the street is filled with cars, trucks, buses, bicycles, and pedestrians. The $10.9 million Forbes Avenue improvement project started in Marsh and will conclude in November.

There is construction everywhere this summer. According to Moon-Siriani, “The safety of the crew and the community are key factors to a successful project.” She cites the I-279 North project in talking about speeders. “We had dozens of people going more than 90 miles an hour through the work zone. She added, “We had ten people in one area going over 100 miles an hour. And it wasn’t at night. One was 2 o’clock in the afternoon. One was 7 AM in the morning.”

PennDOT officials say fines for speeding in a work zone are doubled. Drivers also get a 15 day license suspension if they were going more than ten miles an hour over the speed limit.

Federal highway statistics show more than 20,000 workers are injured in road construction work zones every year. PennDOT data show more than 86 percent of work zone crashes occur in dry condition. More than 60 percent happen during daylight hours.