SASKATOON, SASK. - The City of Saskatoon is reminding drivers to respect work zones after it continues to receive reports of reckless driving. Officials noted that the single biggest issue continues to be disregarding work zone signs and barriers as well as motorists entering work zones.
"The city has strict practices for work zone set-up and management and it's something we take very seriously," said Cory Funk, traffic operations and control manager, in a press release. "It can be frustrating when our crews take a great deal of time and care to ensure their work zones meet safety protocols, but then to see signage, cones or barriers ignored and the work zone compromised."
Funk understands road users are frustrated when they see a work zone in place where there doesn't appear to be any work underway. However, he said it's just as important that people respect signs even when workers are not present.
Barriers remain in place for a number of reasons that aren't always visible such as when road or roadside hazards are present or when fresh road treatments are setting.
Officials added it's also important to note that work zones can come in various forms and are not just the typical roadwork construction areas that people are accustomed to seeing. A work zone is a signed zone around any work area that's in place to protect workers and members of the public.
The landfill is a permanent work zone and visitors will note the permanent placement of work zone signs and barriers.
Parks can also include work zones when crews are using equipment to undertake maintenance and improvement work. Since not all work zones look the same, Saskatoon residents are advised to watch for workers and signs wherever they go.
This year, through the Building Better Roads program, city council is investing $61 million to build, maintain and repair sidewalks and roadways in local neighbourhoods in addition to other projects around the city.