Changing road conditions either stable or dynamic, present major challenges to all drivers. Existing physical road conditions are those present without outside influence from other traffic or construction related activities.
These are conditions such as sharp curves, limited or non-existent road shoulders, and sharp drop offs from lanes of travel. The potential hazards associated with these conditions add to the complexity of safe travel.
Once physical conditions are coupled with various dynamic (changing) conditions associated with construction activities, there is little room, if any, for error on the part of drivers. Some of these dynamic construction-related conditions may be related to the installation and maintenance of temporary or permanent traffic control devices, limited run-off areas, adjacent equipment and construction activities, and construction related debris near the roadway.
The combination of stable and dynamic road conditions present a real challenge to drivers, and if not properly evaluated and reacted to, can cause serious damage, injury and death. Hazardous road conditions were a significant contribution to Tyler’s vehicle incident.
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