Do's and don'ts of construction zone driving

By Kelly McCarthy

Do's and don'ts of construction zone driving

April 25, 2013 Updated Apr 25, 2013 at 9:00 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Construction projects are fully underway around the Twin Tiers and drivers should be aware of the best driving practices in construction zones.

Closed lanes and orange cones are what drivers usually see during construction season, and it comes with additional safety concerns during a daily commute.

"You need to be aware that these work zones exist," said Department of Transportation's Public Information Officer Dave Hamburg. "You need to be patient as you go through these work zones, you need to take your time and understand that these work zones are here to improve your commute."

Speed is the biggest concern for the Department of Transportation in construction zones.

Drivers should remember the move over law also applies to construction vehicles and maintenance workers.

"It's important that you know as you drive through these work zones that you should move over and give extra space when you can," Hamburg said. "And it is the law that people do move over."

The department of transportation wants drivers to merge as soon as they see a lane is closing, instead of waiting for the orange cones to force a driver into another lane.

"Merge as soon as you possibly can," Hamburg said. "Get over into the lane you need to be in. Allow space between you and the vehicles in front of you, around you and behind you."

A different path to work could be the answer to some commuter frustrations.

"If people could seek alternate routes that would certainly be helpful," Hamburg said. "It would minimize their inconvenience and it would help the people who are in the work zone it would make it safer for everyone."

If there are any concerns going into the prospect mountain construction zone, drivers can tune into channel 1640 AM on their radio for continual updates.