VIRGINIA BEACH -- Working on the Interstates can be dangerous.
Since the start of the I-64/I-264 Pavement Rehabilitation Project corridor in February, there have been 26 incidents in work zones, VDOT and Va. State Police said. Most were caused by excessive speed, driver inattention and driver impairment, they noted.
"What I see mostly is distracted drivers. Drivers texting and driving, using their cell phones through our work zones," Kenneth Stecher, a construction worker said.
He added people are his biggest hazard while on the job.
"It's probably the most dangerous one and most unpredictable one," Stecher said.
The groups kicked off a work zone safety campaign Wednesday at VDOT Transportation Operations Center in Virginia Beach.
VDOT is spending more than $128 million for the rehabilitation of Interstates 64 and 264 in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Officials say the work will increase pavement life by 15 years or more for over 163 lane-miles of the project. Work includes extensive concrete patching, the installation of pavement overlay, adjustments to median barriers and guardrails, and minor drainage improvements.
The rehab is expected to be complete in November 2015.
VDOT reminds drivers to be extra careful when driving along work zones to keep workers safe. They say: slow down, pay attention and obey traffic and control devices. More work zone safety tips here