Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Work Zone Safety

Summer safety tips

Slow down and drive with caution

Drivers traveling too fast and not paying attention are the main causes of work zone crashes. Follow these safe driving tips:

  • Stay alert, especially at night.
  • Stay off cell phones and mobile devices.
  • Be patient. Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
  • Obey posted speed limits. Fine for a violation in a work zone is $300.
  • Expect work zones to constantly change. Day to day you could experience lane shifts, closures or moving workers and vehicles.
  • Don’t make unnecessary lane changes.
  • Do the zipper merge.
  • Never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

Things you might encounter on the road

Pilot cars

Pavement buckles


Zipper merge (Youtube)
Summer driving safety (Youtube)