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:

G5−3: High Visibility Reflective Apparel

DESCRIPTION:

The Iowa Department of Transportation has been using highly visible reflectorized gear for some time. The Minnesota Department of Transportation requires that full−length, high−visibility reflective clothing (tops and bottoms) be worn by all workers during night work.

REASON(S) FOR ADOPTING:

To improve safety in work zones by making workers more visible in various lighting and working conditions.

PRIMARY BENEFIT(S):

Requiring full−length, high−visibility clothing improves worker safety. Motorists can see that the reflecting object is a human and they generally tend to be more cautious and slow down.

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

Any work area.

STATE(S) WHERE USED:

Iowa, Minnesota, Pennsylvania

SOURCE/CONTACT(S):

Jim Peters, Iowa DOT
Phone: (515) 239−1102
E−mail: james.peters@dot.iowa.gov

Craig Mittelstadt, Construction and Innovative Contracting
Minnesota DOT
Phone: (651) 366−4222
E−mail: craig.mittelstadt@state.mn.us

Mike Castellano, FHWA Pennsylvania Division Office
Phone: (717) 221 4517
E−mail: mike.castellano@dot.gov

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