News Release: June 18, 2019
Let’s keep work zone safety top of mind
With construction season well underway across Peel, it’s important for all road users to remember that work zones require some extra caution to help keep everyone safe.
Work zones are any areas where watermain, sanitary sewer or road construction or maintenance activities are taking place. Work can impact speed limit, number of available lanes, the ability to make street turns, as well as sidewalk and multi-use trail access, amongst other things. This is especially true in areas that are heavily travelled.
"Traffic restrictions in work zones are put in place for the safety of our crews and the commuting public motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, said Andrew Farr, Acting Public Works Commissioner at the Region of Peel. We recognize construction activity can cause disruptions and delays and appreciate everyone's cooperation. It can be challenging to implement a traffic management plan that meets the needs for all types of road users and we welcome the opportunity to work with the community so we can continue to improve safe travel within work zones."
The following tips can help citizens stay safe and help protect crews working in the areas:
- Plan ahead – Before setting out on the road, research your route to avoid work zones where possible and use any detours that are available.
- Stay focused – Keep your eyes on the road and avoid all distractions such as cellphones and eating.
- Slow down and keep your distance – Be alert and expect the unexpected. Lane closures, reduced speeds and traffic pattern shifts are common in work zones.
- Be patient and obey all signs – Take your time and follow signage throughout work zones as they provide important information that warns drivers of approaching road conditions and disruptions.
- Obey flag persons and duty police officers – They are onsite to keep the public and our workers safe.
- Protect workers – Slow down as you approach workers, give them room to work and be prepared to stop.
Burnhamthorpe Water Project
Currently, the Region of Peel is completing a large, multi-year watermain and sanitary sewer construction project in Mississauga's downtown core. The construction impacts Hurontario Street and Burnhamthorpe Road, as well as streets surrounding Mississauga City Hall and Square One Shopping Centre. Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists who are impacted by sidewalk and lane closures should make sure to follow all signage. Failure to follow directions is unsafe and may result in traffic tickets.
"The work we do today to maintain and develop new infrastructure will help accommodate future growth and continue to build our community for life," adds Farr. "We want everyone to stay safe while this activity continues."
For more information on Region of Peel construction projects.
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for more than 1.5 million people and 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. Recognized as a leader in management and service delivery, the Region of Peel is the only government organization at any level to receive Excellence Canada's Platinum Award for Excellence, Innovation and Wellness®. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.
Communication Specialist, Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4667
Communication Specialist – Burnhamthorpe Water Project
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4635