The secret behind the orange construction cones

(WEAU) - We have to really have all our good driving habits out there at this time of year," said Lt. Jeff Lorenz, Wisconsin State Patrol.

As the summer season approaches, construction workers have to compete for space to repair the roads.

Lt. Jeff Lorenz of the Wisconsin State Patrol says the most important thing to remember is speed.

"They try to do everything, they'll work different hours, they'll work a midnight shift and do it in the dark to reconstruct your road when there's off peak hours."

One driver says he doesn't use a cellphone whether he's in a work zone or not.

"I guess the problems are people are less attentive then they used to be driving on the road, it’s important that they don't be distracted," said driver, Mark Krause.

According to the Department of Transportation in 2010 about 1700 crashes happened in construction zones. The Wisconsin State Patrol says they do ticket speeders often.

"The Department of Transportation has special litigation agreements for the state patrol and other agencies to specifically come out into work zones," said Lorenz.

Lorenz also said there are frequent changes in lane closures, just like at I-94 crash.

"The closures we had over there were intermittent, where they'll close a section portion of that interstate you know for a short time, reopen it and they'll have to compromise it again because of what they’re doing," said Lorenz.

Drivers say because of the recent construction crash, it reminds them to stay attentive.

"It does make you more aware, because you do see things like that happening," said Daniel Defoe

"I just want to remind everybody out there to please buckle up when they travel. Please not drink and drive," said Lorenz.

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  • by Woah, Kami! on Jun 9, 2012 at 10:06 PM
    Seriously. Take it easy. We depend on these hard working men and women to keep out roads driveable. Get a grip, dude.
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      by Jean on Jun 10, 2012 at 10:41 PM in reply to Woah, Kami!
      I assume Kami is a girl, "dude". And I tend to agree with her. I struggled through college both financialy and mentaly for years just to find a lowpaid uncertain job market while these fools get an easy lot in life because of being someones kid or drinking buddy. If a few meet untimely deaths, who are we to be upset? Just hazards of the job. If you want to goodf odd all through high school and then end up being paid many times more then a college graduate who actualy works for a living, there must be some price to pay the devil.
  • by Ralph Location: Eau Claire on Jun 9, 2012 at 08:23 AM
    Drivers need to stay alert wherever they drive. You need to watch the road ahead to see a possible problem before it occurs. Know what's going on behind you to as there are people driving too fast that will get alongside you. Leave enough space between the vehicle in front of you to be able to avoid trouble.
  • by Kami on Jun 8, 2012 at 09:01 PM
    There is one reason, and one reason alone why cops hang out in construction zones-to collect double fines. Ever stop to wonder why drivers speed there? Its out of frustration. WE daily travelers watch in awe as these good ol' boys who got these ridiculously overpaid noneducated jobs via Daddy, lean on shovels day after day and smile at us as we pass. These projects cost way too much, take far too long. They should only work at night when traffic is light, but they won't. No wonder a few drivers try to hurry through them, and if some swaggering swashbuckler good ol' boy absent mindedly wanders too far into a lane of traffic when he should have been working instead of his 97th cigarette break, are we to care too much?
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      by stacy on Jun 9, 2012 at 08:50 PM in reply to Kami
      wow you are a sad unhappy person. please get help!
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      by stacy on Jun 10, 2012 at 06:36 AM in reply to Kami
      got a ticket, did ya? you are a sad and lonely person. get help soon, befor you hurt yourself or somebody that matters.
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      by Billy Boy on Jun 10, 2012 at 07:18 AM in reply to Kami
      What are you on? These guys work so you can tracel on a good road and go 90 mph and be safe while doing it. I was on Interstate 90 Saturday and only seen 2 STATE TROOPERS there should be more of them out there to get people like you off the road!
  • by Doc on Jun 8, 2012 at 06:28 PM
    No, really what is the secret?
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