Work Zone Mobility and Safety Program
Photo collage: temporary lane closure, road marking installation, cone with mounted warning light, and drum separated work zones.
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Best Practice

BEST PRACTICE:

A1−3: Maintain Existing Number of Travel Lanes

DESCRIPTION:

For widening or major reconstruction on limited access facilities, the Florida Department of Transportation policy is that the work zone design plans maintain the existing number of lanes for the various work phases. In all cases, traffic volumes will be analyzed to determine if any lane closures can be permitted for short durations. This policy has been in effect since December 1995.

REASON(S) FOR ADOPTING:

Public criticism of unnecessary lane closures on existing facilities. This awareness was heightened due to several hurricane evacuations where less than all lanes were available.

PRIMARY BENEFIT(S):

Reduced driver delay and frustration and improved public relations.

MOST APPLICABLE LOCATION(S)/PROJECT(S):

Type of facility: High−volume/high−speed, urban or rural freeways and other multi−lane access controlled roadways. All types of work.

STATE(S) WHERE USED:

Florida

SOURCE/CONTACT(S):

Karen Brunelle, P.E., Office of Project Development Director, FHWA Florida Division Office
Phone: (850) 553−2218
E−mail: Karen.Brunelle@.dot.gov

Ezzeldin Benghuzzi, P.E., MOT Engineer
Florida DOT Roadway Design
Phone: (850) 414−4352
E−mail: Ezzeldin.Benghuzzi@dot.state.fl.us

Stefanie D. Maxwell, P.E., Specialty Engineer
Florida DOT Construction
Phone: (850) 414−4314
E−mail: Stefanie.Maxwell@dot.state.fl.us

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