The Novel Coronavirus’ Effects on Road Construction

The novel coronavirus has closed schools, led employees everywhere to begin working from home — and generally changed the way people go about daily life. Through all the uncertainty and upheaval, however, there have been some silver linings. One positive point is the novel coronavirus’ impact on Houston road construction.

While many construction projects have continued on amid COVID-19, road construction experienced one benefit in particular: Less traffic means more elbow room — and the possibility of getting the job done more quickly than under “traditional” circumstances. News station KTRK reported, for instance, that the Texas Department of Transportation recently planned to extend overnight road closures due to lower traffic. Similarly, KTRK reported that having fewer people on roadways allows construction crews to carry out their work more efficiently.

The FUSED Civil crew’s work is considered essential. While traffic around our work zones has lessened substantially, it does still exist. As we continue working to maintain, construct and improve the bridges, highways and other infrastructure you depend on, we ask that all drivers keep safety front and center. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Remain Alert and Vigilant Behind the Wheel
From flaggers indicating upcoming roadwork, to brake lights shining from the car ahead of you, there’s a lot to keep a lookout for when you’re traveling in and around work zones. Added vigilance on your part can help to avoid accidents that might result in injuries or worse.

Be Sure Those Around You Can See You
Construction crew members employ lights when necessary, and wear brightly colored vests and reflective material to ensure you can see them. It’s just as important that they be able to see you. If fading daylight or adverse weather make for dark road conditions, take a moment to turn on your lights. This simple act makes a tremendous difference.

Follow the Rules Set Forth in Work Zones
Whether posted traffic signs urge you to slow down or a construction worker’s hand-held stop sign asks you to momentarily halt, make it a point to follow the rules. We understand you have places to be, and that such efforts can be an annoyance. The precautions are there for a reason, though, and could help you avoid accidents and fines.

If you’re looking for additional information about roadside safety, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration offers a helpful list of tips designed to protect construction crews and drivers alike. Of course, you are always welcome to contact the FUSED team, too. We are happy to help. Play it safe out there!