Work Zone Safety


“Work Zone Safety 2018 – Everybody’s Responsibility”

In Illinois, almost four out of five work zone fatalities involve someone other than a worker. Simply put: drivers, passengers, and construction workers are all at risk.

There are about 4,800 work zone crashes in Illinois each year. In 2017, 29 people died in a work zone. That’s why the Illinois Tollway is working in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and the highway construction industry to raise awareness of work zone safety.

It’s important for everyone to do their part to improve work zone safety. Work zone safety is everybody’s responsibility.

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In Work Zones: The Illinois Tollway reminds you to...

Slow down whether or not workers are present.

Drive the posted speed limit at all times, 24/7, because:

  • It's the law
  • Work zone traffic lanes are narrower than other lanes
  • Traffic patterns shift often
  • Pavement may be uneven in sections

Penalties for hitting a worker are severe.

The minimum penalty for speeding in a work zone:

  • $375 for the first offense
  • $1,000 minimum for second offense
  • Hitting a worker in a work zone could result in a fine of $10,000 and up to 14 years in jail

Move over for emergency vehicles.

Illinois law requires drivers approaching stationary emergency vehicles displaying flashing lights, including towing and recovery vehicles and stranded and disabled vehicles with flashing hazard lights traveling in the same direction to:

  • Change lanes if safe and possible
  • Reduce speed
  • Proceed with caution

Pay attention.

Watch for signs advising of traffic shifts, roadway incidents and other warnings.

Drop It and Drive.

Using a hand-held phone while driving is illegal in Illinois.

Don't tailgate.

One of the most common crashes in a work zone is a rear-end collision. In addition, traffic in work zones makes sudden stops.

Watch for workers.

Keep an eye out for the safety colors of orange and fluorescent lime-green that all workers wear when on the roads.

If you must pull over or are in an accident in the work zone, stay in your vehicle.

Call *999 for non-emergency roadway assistance.      

At Toll Plazas

Never stop in an I-PASS or Pay Online lane.

It is unsafe to stop in an I-PASS or Pay Online lane. If you find yourself unintentionally in an I-PASS or Pay Online lane, continue through the lane; do not stop. Visit the Tollway's website within 7 days to pay the missed toll and avoid violations.


Slow down when entering and exiting toll plazas.

Obey the speed limit and stop, as required, in cash and unmanned ramp lanes. Be alert for slower moving traffic and allow time to decelerate. A 45 mph speed limit begins approximately one-half mile from most toll plazas. In rural areas where the speed limit is 65 or 70 mph, the speed limit is reduced to 55 mph about two miles in advance of a plaza. Drivers should not accelerate too quickly upon exiting toll plazas as multiple lanes merge into a reduced number of lanes.

Stay in your lane when entering and exiting toll plazas.

Pay attention to overhead signs and pavement markings when approaching a plaza and stay in your lane. Solid lines approaching and departing the toll plazas prompt motorists to select a lane sooner and prevent erratic lane changing. Switching lanes close to a toll plaza is unsafe.


Remember, ramp plazas have I-PASS or Pay Online lanes.

Most ramp toll plazas have I-PASS or Pay Online lanes. I-PASS users do not have to stop in I-PASS or Pay Online lanes. The speed limit for I-PASS or Pay Online lanes on ramps is 15 mph. All cars in the cash lanes must stop, as required by law.

Work Zone Safety