Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Work Zone Safety

New work zone safety laws begin August 1, 2014

Motorists who speed through work zones will be fined $300. View the new work zone safety laws news release.

Stay safe in work zones

  • Work zones are wherever you see workers, flaggers and surveyors in bright yellow-green or orange vests.
  • Work zones are also marked with orange cones or barrels, concrete barriers, traffic control devices or moving vehicles with flashers.
  • Work zones operate day and night, anywhere you travel.

Pay attention

Zipper merge video (YouTube)

Drivers speeding and not paying attention are the main causes of work zone crashes.

  • Stay alert, especially at night.
  • Obey posted speed limits. Fines may double for violations in work zones.
  • Expect work zones to constantly change. Day to day, you could experience lane shifts, closures or moving workers and vehicles.
  • Never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.
  • Don’t make unnecessary lane changes.
  • Stay off cell phones and mobile devices.
  • Be patient. Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.