Work Zone Safety


The DFW Connector project is committed to promoting safe driving practices on our roads, and in particular in our work zone, for your safety and the safety of our workers. We want you to be committed to work zone safety too, so take our work zone safety pledge and read about the ways that you can make the DFW Connector project work zone more safe!

 

2012 WORK ZONE SAFETY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

In 2012, the DFW Connector project initiated a work zone safety scholarship program for high school students in the Grapevine-Colleyville and Southlake-Carroll school districts. Freshmen through seniors at these high schools were encouraged to submit applications in a variety of formats (video, PowerPoint presentation, banner design, essay, photos or drawing/painting) to inspire drivers to:

  • Drive the posted 50 mph speed limit.
  • Limit cell phone usage within the work zone.

 

We received a total of 41 applications for the work zone safety scholarship program that year, and our panel of six judges selected three winners to receive the $5,000 DFW Connector work zone safety scholarships. Thanks to all students that participated in our scholarship program, and special congratulations to our three winners. Click on the winners' names below to see their award-winning submissions!

 

TAKE OUR SAFETY PLEDGE

Want to prove that you're serious about driving the 50 mph speed limit and limiting mobile phone usage in the DFW Connector work zone? Do you want to make the work zone more safe for everyone, including yourself and your family? Click here to show your commitment to work zone safety.

 

TRAVELING THROUGH THE WORK ZONE

When traveling through the DFW Connector project, please follow these three simple rules:

 
Slow down
Work zone safety banner
     
Speed limit enforcement  

In May 2011 we lowered the speed limit project-wide to 50 miles per hour (mph). The 50 mph speed limit is not a choice – it is enforceable by law. Most importantly, you and other drivers should follow the speed limit in our construction zone so that you are able to maneuver safety through traffic switches, reduced lane widths and detours.

 
Don't talk or text
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As part of paying attention to the road, you should put down your phones and focus completely on the task of driving. Texting and talking on the phone takes away your ability to pay complete attention to driving. According to the National Safety Council, 1.6 million crashes per year can be attributed to texting or talking on cell phones while driving. Don’t be a part of this statistic!

The Texas Transportation Institute has also conducted a study about distracted driving within the DFW Connector project. Click here to read about the findings from this distracted driving study.
 
Pay attention
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Like any construction zone, the DFW Connector project has its fair share of traffic switches (areas where the traffic pattern has changed), construction signs, detours and orange cones. It’s important that you pay special attention when driving through the work zone. If you don’t keep your eyes on the road, you run of the risk of hurting yourself, other drivers or DFW Connector construction workers.

 
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