MDOT tests out new signs to keep crews safe


NEW BUFFALO, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan Department of Transportation officials hope new signs will keep their patching crews safe.  

While the new signs may look familiar, it’s smaller and more portable than the larger signs that need to be attached to a trailer. 

Crews put up the signs earlier this week while patching potholes on I-94 near New Buffalo. The signs attach to the bumper of a truck so it can easily move along with the patch crews. 

“If you’re coming up on that crew and you see a sign that says slow down, use caution, patching crew ahead, it’s just a little more information,” said Nick Schirripa, MDOT Southwest Communications Representative. “The more information we give motorists, the better choices they can make.” 

Currently, the new signs are a pilot program. If crews notice a difference in drivers’ behavior, the signs could be used throughout the state.  

**Correction: A previous version of this article misplaced Michigan City in Michigan. It is actually in Indiana. We regret the error, which has been corrected.

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