Work zones are a necessary part of the life cycle of our roads and streets. They are characterized by traffic pattern changes, narrowed rights-of-way, the presence of construction workers, and work vehicles frequently entering and leaving construction areas. The key function of work zones is to separate active construction from traffic, so there is a safe area for workers and traffic has a safe route around the work activity.
The FHWA Work Zone Management program develops and deploys solutions and strategies that enable agencies to incrementally and continuously improve work zone management to minimize traffic delays and maintain the safety of all road users (motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians) and workers. This is achieved through a combination of applied research, knowledge and technology transfer, stakeholder engagement, and performance management.
While work zones play a critical role in maintaining and upgrading our roads, they can also be a major cause of congestion, delay, and traveler dissatisfaction. Crashes in and near work zones impact everyone.
The Work Zone Management Program's mission is to mitigate the safety and mobility impacts of work zones. We are working to improve work zones every day, in every way.
The Work Zone Management Program resides in the FHWA Headquarters Office of Operations.
David Johnson, Team Leader, Road Weather and Work Zone Management Team
Martha Kapitanov, Transportation Specialist
Specialties: Work Zone Safety/Large Truck Safety
Jawad Paracha, Work Zone Program Manager
Specialties: Smarter Work Zones/Work Zone Regulation
Todd Peterson, P.E., PTOE - Transportation Specialist
Specialties: ITS, Work Zone Data, Analytics
For general inquiries, comments, or suggestions, please email us at WorkZoneFeedback@dot.gov.
Work Zone Management Program Newsletter
Published every quarter, this newsletter provides information on latest work zone-related activities, recent and upcoming events, trainings, publications, and other resources.