By Jeff Barnes
Vice President of Venture Corporation
Work zones are another area that can aggravate drivers. Slowing down to 55 mph on the interstate seems like such an inconvenience. Driving 55 mph rather than 75 mph through a 10-mile work zone on interstate costs you less than three minutes. Is three minutes really worth a speeding ticket, or causing an accident, or worse yet hitting a worker? Is it really worth the risk?
A bigger inconvenience involving work zones is when you encounter a flagger and have to wait on a pilot car. I know it seems like an eternity, but the maximum wait time in the pilot car line is 15 minutes. KDOT (and the public) do a good job of monitoring our pilot car cycle times. If we get over 15 minutes, we hear about it and must change our process. Pilot cars are necessary when the road is narrowed to one-lane traffic. A potentially dangerous area of a flagging zone is approaching the flagger. I have seen some terrible wrecks because somebody wasn’t paying attention and didn’t stop in time and hit a stopped car. Please be patient at the flagging zone. It isn’t the flaggers fault. Is it really worth the risk of a crash?
I’m Jeff Barnes, Vice President of Venture Corporation. I have been building roads for 34 years. We are making the roads you drive nicer and safer. Please slow down and get where you are going. My workers have the right and the expectation they will go home to their families each night.