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:

G4−10: Halogen Stop/Slow Paddle

DESCRIPTION:

The halogen stop/slow paddle is used to control traffic through work zones. It is equipped with halogen lights, which can be illuminated by the operator of the sign. The halogen paddle is visible from distances beyond 285 feet, and it is especially useful during daytime operations. The Michigan Department of Transportation has tested and began supplying them to road crews.

REASON(S) FOR ADOPTING:

Paddles were adopted to improve the visibility and safety of road crews in overcast, dusk, and dawn daytime operations.

PRIMARY BENEFIT(S):

Protection for road crews, improved visibility, and safety.

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

Any work zone situation requiring a flagger particularly where visibility may be challenging.

STATE(S) WHERE USED:

Michigan, Wisconsin

SOURCE/CONTACT(S):

Dave Morena, FHWA Michigan Division Office
Phone: (517) 702−1836
E−mail: david.morena@dot.gov

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