DOT adding rumble strips to construction zones

Posted at 10:00 AM, Jun 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-03 11:00:37-04

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) is trying out a new way to slow down drivers in and around construction zones.

To achieve this, DOT is using Temporary Rumble Strips, durable devices that cars can drive over and give an auditory as well as vibration signal to the drivers. 

The work on Holy Hill Road, out in Richfield, is the first project in the Southeastern Region to use them.

"This is the first of at least three, this construction season, where we'll be adding the temporary rumble strips," said DOT spokesperson Brian DeNeve. 

These temporary strips work as an additional reminder, on top of the brightly colored signs, barrels, and flaggers, to slow down and pay close attention when coming up on construction areas.

Locals say the work in Washington County on Holy Hill Road's steep blind cure could sneak up on people, causing issues. 

Tree Ghost County Shop is a few yards from the site on Holy Hill road and owner, Kevin Kepp said the strips are noisy but he understands they're for the greater good.

"You do notice it. But again if it's for safety, I guess I don't have an issue with it. I think it'll help protect the workers down the road. On a road like this, where it's windy and traffic travels a little bit faster, I think it's probably a good thing," Kepp said.

DeNeve said do not drive around the rumble strips, because it will create dangerous situations. Cars, of any size, even motorcycles are able to go full speed over the strips, but be ready to stop and pack your patience.

"Motorists who are a little impatient and want to just rush through the area can lead to serious incidents," DeNeve said.

Road work on Holy Hill Road, in Washington County, is expected to finish in the next few days. It's one of 12 different projects across the southeastern region that will use the temporary rumble strips.

Fines for those causing speeding in construction zones start at $250 and are doubled if workers are present.