Road construction workers face danger from speeders

By: Domonique Benn
By: Domonique Benn

The signs are posted, but is anybody paying attention?

This after a deadly accident Sunday evening, April 16, on I-20 eastbound, just before the Washington Road exit.

Deputies say 60-year-old Patricia Cary was speeding through a construction zone when her car ricocheted off the concrete barrier, eventually flying over the barrier and slamming into a semi headed the other direction.

And while there were no construction crews working on Sunday, construction workers say speeding cars are a major concern.

News 12's Domonique Benn talks with construction workers who say they work near a speed zone.

Concrete barriers are the only objects that separate speeding traffic from construction crews only feet away.

Robert Bates of Ridge Environmental Construction has been working in construction for over 25 years. He says it was only a matter of time before a deadly accident occurred in this construction zone.

The coroner said speeding was most likely the cause.

"The traffic is heavy and the speeds are too great," Bates says.

The signs warning drivers to slow down are posted way ahead of time, but construction crews say the signs seem to be invisible to drivers.

John Henley of Reeves Construction says drivers have no respect for construction zones.

Even though there are speed limit signs to slow down to 45 miles per hour as the lanes shift ahead, "We get cut off all day long," Henley says.

Henley and Bates both say they are constantly looking over their shoulders for runaway cars.

"You can hardly pay attention to what you are doing for watching other people around," says Bates.

"When they are in their cars they are the first thing on the road," says Henley. "They don't pay attention to big trucks; big trucks just in the way."

Construction crews say they want to see more law enforcement in that area.


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