When you see traffic cones or barricades due to construction, it's time to wake up and pay attention. They are there for a reason. Often, this can signal a lane closure ahead. Sometimes construction can move a lane onto the shoulders of the road and lines that you are familiar with may have been moved.
Pay special attention when merging onto a freeway in a construction zone as traffic patterns may differ due to the construction and you may need to adapt quickly to a new situation. It also means the presence of people working in the area. While we all like to think of ourselves as safety conscious, road workers get complacent in their jobs sometimes and may inadvertently step into traffic. Be ready for it! Watch for moving equipment, too, that may inadvertently back into the lanes of traffic unexpectedly. — Jim Luff, LCT contributing editor
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