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Officials urge safety in work zones

Slowing down in work zones isn't just about protecting construction workers. It's about protecting yourself. Most injuries from construction zone crashes are suffered by motorists, not workers, said the North Dakota Department of Transportation. ...

Slowing down in work zones isn't just about protecting construction workers.

It's about protecting yourself.

Most injuries from construction zone crashes are suffered by motorists, not workers, said the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

Officials are warning drivers to be cautious in work zones this Memorial Day weekend and into the summer travel season.

Kevin Gorder, assistant district engineer with the NDDOT, said slowing down 10 mph in a 10-mile work zone will add 75 seconds to your trip.

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"Trying to arrive at a destination a minute or two sooner just isn't worth the risk," Gorder said.

Check ahead for construction zones by calling 511 or visiting www.511.nd.gov or www.511mn.org .

For more on this story, read Friday's Forum.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590

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