Work Zone Safety

National Work Zone Awareness Week banner

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) urges all motorists to focus, slow down and stay alert when driving through or near work zones. Motorists should also move over a lane when it is safe to do so to leave room for roadway workers to safely do their jobs.  Our crews are working on hundreds of projects across Maryland: mowing, picking up litter, repairing potholes and building/repairing roads and bridges – making our state safer and more accessible. For construction and maintenance teams, the roadway is their office so please, drive like you or someone you love works on the side of the road.

In work zones, there is little to no margin for driving error. Driving too fast, inattentively or aggressively through a roadway work zone places the lives of roadway workers at risk. At the same time, you’re also risking your life and the lives of your loved ones. One out of two people who are injured or who lose their lives in highway work zones are motorists.​

​Spring and summer are heavy roadway construction seasons and there are tools available to help you plan ahead. For a complete listing of major roadway projects in Maryland, click on Project Portal

To view latest traffic conditions, visit CHART - Traveler Information.

Remember, work zone are temporary, but your actions behind the wheel can last forever!​​

MDOT SHA workers fix potholes in Howard County 2022 

Workers filling potholes in Howard County. 

MDOT SHA Commemorates National Work Zone Safety Awareness 

To keep highway workers, drivers and passengers safe, MDOT SHA calls on all Marylanders to promote work zone safety and to follow safe driving practices in work zones.

Go Orange Proclamation

Proclamation, National Work Zone Awareness Week, Governor Wes Moore

MDOT SHA joins the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in recognizing National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW). FHWA has partnered with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) and state departments of transportation to coordinate and sponsor media events to bring awareness to work zone safety. 

​​Maryland statistics on traffic crashes and fatalities.

Work Zone Related Crashes 

Work zone crsahes 2018-2023 with preliminary 2024 data


​Click on one of the images below to save a Work Zone Safety Graphic

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​FHWA resources

Click on the thumbnail below to see the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) fact sheet. Additional information is at FHWA Work Zone Awareness Week.​

FHWA National Work Zone Awareness Week

Maryland SafeZones


The Maryland SafeZones program allows the Maryland State Police and Maryland Transportation Authority Police to enforce the speed limit in highway work zones with automated camera and speed measuring equipment.

The Maryland SafeZones program was created to improve safety for both workers and motorists. Nationally, four out of every five people killed in highway work zone crashes are motorists.

In work zones where SafeZones Automated Speed Enforcement systems are deployed, drivers are slowing down, as evidenced by the decrease in percentage of citations issued at these work zones by nearly 90 percent. When the program began, approximately 7 out of every 100 drivers in SafeZones enforced work zones were exceeding the speed limit by 12 mph or more. Today, on average, fewer than one driver out of every 100 are receiving citations in SafeZones enforced work zones.