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Pilot Car Safety
Traveling safely through the Work Zone




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Pilot Car Safety


Traveling safely through
the Work Zone


Some rural construction projects will be use a signed car to lead traffic through the work area at a safe speed. This car is called a pilot car. A “PILOT CAR FOLLOW ME” sign will be displayed on the rear of this vehicle.


There will be only one lane of traffic open during this construction project. A flagger will release traffic to follow the pilot car to the other end of construction where a second flagger will be holding traffic from the opposing lane. Traffic will only be released to a pilot car going in the same direction.


If you are entering the roadway where crews are working by a driveway or intersection, you must wait for the pilot car and vehicles following to pass you. Then you must travel in the same direction as the pilot car.


Do not travel in the opposite direction of the pilot car and the vehicles following it.


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