How The Cone Zone™ Got its Name

What is a Cone Zone?

The work zone/construction industry has coined dozens of traffic terms including Work Zone, Flagger, Traffic Guard, Detour, Striping, and Road Roller. “Cone Zone” is another one of those coined terms.

A “cone zone” is simply another name for a construction zone. The term can be interpreted quite literally as a zone that consists of more than one traffic cone. This term can be used for smaller projects like cones lined up in a church parking lot to assist with parking all the way to major construction on state highways. Since The Cone Zone™ is the leading supplier of traffic cones and accessories we thought it was only right to give ourselves that name.

In 2016, The California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) hosted a memorial to honor 184 fallen highway workers since 1921. A display of 184 orange safety cones were laid out in San Diego to symbolize the lives of highway workers killed in traffic accidents on the job over the last 95 years. Each orange traffic cone featured the name of a Caltrans worker and the year they passed. The slogan that was used to help spread this message was “Slow for the Cone Zone”. An article published by NBC San Diego can be found here.

What are the laws around driving through a Cone Zone?

The average speed in a US highway Cone Zone is between 45 mph and 55 mph. For example, the Minnesota DOT states that the maximum work zone speed limit shall not exceed 55 miles per hour on any divided highway. Most states follow similar guidelines, and you can expect heavy fines for reckless or unsafe driving through a work area. Speeding tickets issued in a Cone Zone will typically run twice as much as one issued outside of a work zone and not obeying a flagger can result in a minor misdemeanor and 2 additional points on your drivers record, though this can vary by state.

Creating Safer Cone Zone Environments

Work zone safety is critical in the fast-paced world we live in today. There are many practices that State DOT and regulatory bodies use to help enforce safety regulations with clear and consistent communication. This ranges anywhere from surrounding your work zone with traffic barrels and cones to minimize driver confusion throughout the work area all the way to rumble strips, signage, cone lights and cone flags to help illuminate the zone to keep drivers alert while driving.

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