Traffic control for temporary construction areas

Help protect drivers, workers and all road users. Increase mobility.

3M is committed to helping you design safer work zones and traffic management through the use of highly visible sheeting for devices and removable pavement markings for roadways. When combined, these high-performing retroreflective technologies help road users navigate unfamiliar roads.

A highway worker with a yellow hard hat hugs a child and smiles.
Helping bring families home safely

Planning for temporary traffic control

Components for positive guidance to help keep everyone safe.

Given the unique needs of work zones, highly visible retroreflective technology can help provide positive guidance both day and night. This guidance is critical for the safety of drivers and workers alike. Effective signage, temporary pavement markings, and traffic control devices can provide enhanced visibility and improved safety by alerting motorists to changes in conditions and road work location, change in speed, road configuration and more.

  • A highway work zone with traffic passing by orange road
    Early-recognition visibility

    The sooner drivers and pedestrians recognize they are entering a work or construction zone, the safer they and workers in the work zone can be.

    Work zone conditions can easily compromise the positioning and visibility of traffic control devices. Better, more visible, signs attract the driver’s attention sooner, for earlier comprehension and a more natural, timely driving reaction among other drivers and workers nearby.

    Learn more on sign retroreflectivity

  • Orange, green and yellow fluorescent traffic sheeting reflects light.
    Around-the-clock visibility

    Regardless of available light, highly conspicuous fluorescent material's are recognized at greater distances with more accurate color perception than nonfluorescent colored products.*

    Learn more about the importance of fluorescent materials

    *Evaluation of Fluorescent Orange Signs, Texas Transportation Institute, TDOT, TX-00/2962-S, 2000

  • A highway at night with bright, reflective pavement markings.
    All-weather performance

    Temporary traffic zones exist in all types of seasons and all sorts of weather conditions.

    Wet reflective pavement markings work with water to remain highly visible in rain and wet road conditions. The retroreflective continuous delineation emphasizes lane shifts in low-visibility conditions.

    Applying wet reflective pavement markings for traffic changeovers can be critical to helping drivers navigate work zones safely—especially during rainy weather.

Work zone safety best practices e-book

In our e-book, you will read more details on:

  • Temporary traffic control devices in a nighttime road work zone are illuminated by headlights.
    The importance of a proper work zone

    In 2016, there were 683 fatal work zone crashes and 765 work zone fatalities in the U.S. alone. Of those fatalities, 143 involved road workers and 109 involved pedestrians. Around the world, there are over 1 billion vehicles on the road and over $837 billion in annual global road infrastructure spending.*

    There are more drivers, work zones and hazards on the roads than ever before. It’s important to plan work zones that use highly-visible devices to protect both workers and drivers while also maintaining efficient traffic flow.


  • A truck carries orange and white plastic safety drums for highway construction.
    Work zone safety planning: things to keep in mind

    The vehicles we drive and the roads we share are constantly evolving—more miles, more distractions, more hazards. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you design work zones for the present and the future:

    • Work zone safety challenges
    • Trends in work zone safety planning
    • Regulations for layout and design
  • A highway work zone sign reads Road Work Ahead.
    Steps to improve work zone planning

    Improving safety in work zones is a significant challenge. Find ways to foresee potential hazards, effectively train crews, and clearly communicate with the workers, drivers and pedestrians on the road.

    • Four key areas to focus on when improving your work zone include:
    • Budgeting for an effective work zone
    • Spec'ing for devices and reflective materials
    • Establishing compliance mechanisms
    • Selecting a reputable traffic control company
  • Download our e-book to learn more about work zone safety best practices.



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