Motorists must obey speed limit signs in highway construction zones at all times – regardless if people are working or not.
That is the message from Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure area district manager Todd Hubner.
“Those speed limits are still enforced and they’re still in effect.”
During work-time hours, the speed limits are there to protect the workers.
The other thing motorists need to remember is that during times of construction – whether people are working or not – that highway will not be in its most ideal condition, Hubner notes.
You might be missing a shoulder width; you might have separated grades in the road; or the road surface may have changed, he adds.
“So, it is imperative motorists reduce their speeds accordingly.”
Noting there is paving underway on Highway 97 north of Canim-Hendrix Lake Road, Hubner says motorist may not have a centreline or they could be driving on a distorted surface because the old asphalt has been removed.
He adds there is an active construction zone in the 74-76 Mile area, and drivers will have different road surfaces and may also have limited lane width, so they need to drive with caution.
Therefore, everyone has to obey the traffic signs, speed limits and the flaggers at all times.