New Brunswick

NB motorists urged to exercise caution while driving as summer construction gets underway

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

With summer road construction underway, motorists in New Brunswick have been reminded to exercise caution while driving.

Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser and officials from the New Brunswick Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association and the New Brunswick Construction Safety Association highlighted an awareness campaign to remind the province’s residents of the importance of staying diligent while driving in construction zones.

“In the summer, New Brunswick’s roads and highways are busy with families and individuals travelling across the province,” said Fraser. “I ask all motorists to use caution and be responsible when approaching a construction zone to ensure not only their own safety but also the safety of those working. These men and women are hard at work, ensuring our highways are safe for drivers, so motorists need to make it safe for them.”

This year’s provincial capital budget is investing more than $300 million in work on the province’s highways and bridges. Municipalities and highway operators are also planning their own work this summer.

“Everyone has a role to play in making our roads as safe as they can be, that is especially true in construction zones,” said Tom McGinn, executive director of the New Brunswick Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association. “We hope all New Brunswickers will help make our roads safer by paying attention to road signs and slowing down as they approach areas where work is taking place.”

Drivers in New Brunswick are reminded that if they get caught speeding in highway construction zones they face double the minimum fine.

Fraser also reminded training and trucking companies, department employees and contractors involved in traffic control to review the updates made to the Work Area Traffic Control Manual. These individuals should also ensure that they are aware of the updated guidelines that are in place to keep them safe. The manual can be downloaded from the department’s website.

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