Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

June 10, 2014

Another View: Construction zone patience needed

With Memorial Day behind us, we are, unofficially, in the Summer Tourism Season here in the Upper Peninsula. With that, we are officially in the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Summer Construction Season.

As anyone who has been traveling on M-26 through Ripley is well aware, road construction can cause delays and some stress to motorists.

The Ripley Project has reduced the heavily-traveled roadway to a single lane with flagman control, adding extra minutes to the trip.

Let’s face it, few people in our area have lengthy commutes so a five-minute or so delay due to construction isn’t life-impacting.

That said, a construction delay while running late for work, class or an important meeting, can cause stress and even carelessness.

MDOT reminds motorists that fines in construction zones are doubled and as many as 5 points can be assessed on your license for speeding in a construction zone. Penalties for killing or injuring a construction or highway maintenance worker range from one to 15 years with fines as high as $7,500.

The key to safety, of course is to take your time. Allow yourself more than enough time to make to where you need to go.

Also, keep in mind there are construction projects going on throughout the U.P. and the entire state. Thankfully, MDOT makes it quite easy to locate these projects and their impact on motorists. Visit michigan.gov/mdot. ...

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