Expect to encounter construction traffic signs along America’s highways. Twenty-Eighteen is a year of massive road construction. Although these dayglow indicators to slow down may be frustrating, they’re a sign that the American economy has recovered from the recession that began a decade ago. New road construction and road repair moves money about the economy – the nation’s megaprojects enlist a myriad of industries that range from planning to demolition.
Road construction possesses several unique functions. Construction, of this nature, connects the nation like veins and arteries, it demonstrates American ingenuity and must keep road crews safe while in progress. Orange vests are the leading way to keep our road crews free from injury. These dayglow habiliments cause visibility. Whether the crew is repairing our faulty overpasses (nine percent are in dire need of repair), installing rail cars in El Paso or blasting a mountain’s edifice for a new bypass we must heed the warnings of construction traffic signs and look out for crew members in bright orange vests.
Construction crews must wear High Visibility Personal Protection Equipment (HV-PPE) while on site, otherwise known as safety vests. Although there are a number of vests on the market, ANSI, the American National Standards Institute, approved high-visibility safety vests meet OSHA and MUTCD standards for on-site visibility. These vests allow for visibility at night, during the way in along busy highways.
Megaprojects, massive and costly road construction venture, make our cities’ safer and demonstrate American ingenuity. Moreover, it’s important that each motorist heeds the warnings orange signs offer while driving through a construction zone – these hefty projects may harm both the haphazard motorist and construction crew. Without orange signs and reflective vests, our nation’s progress might come to a halt: crew members would no longer be able to safely perform their duties.
Next time you encounter orange signs, slow down and stop to ponder the man who created the reflective sign. It was the 1930’s and a young executive for 3M was struck with an ingenious idea, glass beads may be placed in paint to make it reflective.
We hope everyone continues to drive safely and enjoy where ever the road may take you!