ABINGDON, Va. (WJHL) — According to a release from the Virginia Department of Transportation, the organization will be requiring its workforce to use rumble strips on work zones this year.
The portable and temporary rumble strips will be used in active two-lane roads under construction during daylight hours.
The rumble strips encourage slower speeds, and the sound of drivers passing over them are designed to alert road workers ahead.
VDOT Chief Deputy Commissioner Robert Cary said with construction season beginning, every safety measure must be considered.
“Portable temporary rumble strips will provide an additional layer of protection for everyone in work zones, whether you are working or driving,” Cray said.
According to the release, nine people were killed in active Virginia work zones in 2018.