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Work Zone Safety and Mobility

Annually, nearly 1,000 fatalities and 43,000 serious injuries occur in the U.S. as a result of vehicle accidents in work zones. Across the country, travelers are frustrated with the number of work zones and the resulting congestion. Over the duration of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), funding levels for highway construction and congestion levels have been projected to increase. Further, more rehabilitation is needed as the nation's highway infrastructure ages. Work zone safety and mobility have increasing importance as work zones become more of a daily fixture on our roads.

Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is continuously striving to improve safety and mobility in work zones. With the major emphasis on safety, SHA is determined to reduce work zone related congestion by utilizing ITS technologies, better work zone products with high crashworthiness standards, close cooperation with the construction industry, improved work zone traffic control training, improved planning and design of work zone setups, and research.

Strategic Emphasis Areas for Work Zone Safety and Mobility

Long Description for Work Zone Safety Program

Processes and Guidelines for Work Zone Safety and Mobility

  • A Work Zone Safety and Mobility Policy (PDF, 50kb)
  • Identifying Significant Projects (PDF, 255kb)
  • TMP Approval Form (PDF, 12kb)
  • TMP Guidelines (PDF, 4.7MB)
  • MOT Red Flag Summary (PDF, 23kb)
  • MOT Alternatives Analysis (PDF, 51kb)
  • Work Zone Design Checklist (PDF, 39kb)
  • Work Zone Management Strategies (PDF, 725kb)
  • FHWA Strategy Matrix (PDF, 20kb)
  • Public Information and Outreach Plans (PDF, 165kb)
  • Public Information and Outreach Template (PDF, 88kb)
  • Lane Closure Analysis Guidelines (PDF, 54kb)
  • Policy for the use of Temporary Traffic Barrier in Work Zones (PDF, 39kb)
  • Guidance on the Safe Entry and Exit of Work Vehicles (Coming Soon)

Work Zone Training

  • Temporary Traffic Control Training Programs

Law Enforcement in Work Zones

  • Automated Enforcement
  • SHA-MSP InterAgency Service Agreement (PDF, 725kb)
  • Safe and Effective Use of Law Enforcement Personnel in Work Zones (Coming Soon)

Work Zone Inspection & Crash Information

  • Temporary Traffic Control Device Quality Standards and Field Practices (PDF, 7.1MB)
  • Work Zone Inspection Form & Ratings System (PDF, 620kb)
  • Work Zone Inspection Ratings Report 2005 (PDF, 168kb)
  • Work Zone Accident Comparisons 1994-2003 (PDF, 621kb)
  • Work Zone Crash/Incident Form (PDF, 36kb)

Temporary Traffic Control (TTC) Products

Work Zone Traffic Impact Analysis

Safe Driving through Work Zones


For more information on SHA’s Work Zone Safety and Mobility Program, please contact the Traffic Policy and Management Team at (410)787-5860.

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