Work Zones

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is developing guidance documents that will help State departments of transportation and other transportation agencies understand and implement the provisions of the updated rule on work zone safety and mobility.

Published in September 2004 in the Federal Register (23 CFR 630 Subpart J), the rule will help States consider the broader safety and mobility impacts of work zones and to guide implementation of appropriate strategies to manage these impacts during project delivery. All State and local governments that receive Federal-aid highway funding are required to comply with the rule's provisions by October 12, 2007.

The forthcoming guidance documents will provide sample approaches for implementing the rule, share examples from States currently using successful practices, and list sources for more information. The documents will cover topics including developing work zone policies, assessing the impacts of work zones, preparing transportation management plans for work zones, and developing public information and outreach plans.

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