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During the period of intensive road work, the Ministère des Transports acts on several fronts to ensure road users’ and workers’ safety while favouring mobility and traffic fluidity

2014 Awareness campaign
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When you’re driving through a construction zone, keep your mind on the road

Lack of attention and distraction are the first causes of accidents with casualties at the approach to or in road construction zones.

The "When it's orange, be twice as careful!" campaign reminds us of the importance of being careful and vigilant when driving through these areas.

The campaign involves signage along worksites and radio advertising. The Orange Work Zone section of our website offers you a guided tour of a construction zone with Pierre-Yves Lord and provides information on safety.

Even when work in a construction zone is suspended, hindrances remain. You must respect the speed limit at all times. When it’s orange, be twice as careful!

Fines doubled
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This Highway Safety Code provision is intended for the greater safety of road users but also that of flagpersons and site workers, who are endangered by drivers who fail to heed road signs and speed limits posted.

For example, here are the fines for which offenders will be liable in a work zone where the posted speed limit is 70 km/h:

Posted speed limit

Actual speed Fines
  90 km/h 55 $ x 2 = 110 $
70 km 100 km/h 105 $ x 2 = 210 $
  115 km/h 195 $ x 2 = 390 $

Road work season brings heightened surveillance by police. Accordingly, road users should keep their eyes peeled for signs with orange backgrounds whenever they near road work sites.

Road signs
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Signage at the approach of roadwork sites tells you how to navigate your way through safely. Even when work has been suspended, signs for a site must be obeyed as hindrances remain on the roadway.

What follows is a reminder of the meaning of some signs frequently seen near work sites.

Traffic Control Person Ahead sign indicates the presence of a flagger who is directing traffic during construction work. Show courtesy and obey signals.

Roadwork zone sign indicates the presence of a roadwork zone on or adjacent to a traffic lane. Be extra careful!

Lane Merge signs are used on a three-lane one-way public highway to indicate the temporary closure of the left lane owing to roadwork requiring traffic to merge into the open traffic lanes.

Directional Arrow signs indicate the direction to follow around a traffic lane that narrows or is closed.

Truck Entrance signs indicate that a loaded truck may be entering the public highway from an access road.

Temporary Closure signs are used to temporarily close a road to traffic. Take the direction shown by the detour sign

Speed Zone signs indicate the temporary legal speed limit in a roadwork zone. Obey them, for your own safety and that of the workers on site

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