The name says it all. Orange Cones. No Phones. is a regional awareness campaign focused on reducing distracted driving in construction zones. The Northern Virginia campaign wrapped in 2014 when 95 Express Lanes construction was completed, but we expect to revive the campaign for future projects to help keep drivers and workers safe.
Transurban-Fluor and AAA Mid-Atlantic developed Orange Cones. No Phones. to eliminate distracted driving in Express Lanes construction zones. Explore this site to learn more about Orange Cones. No Phones. and remember – keep your eyes on the road and off your phone.
Orange Cones. No Phones. History
Transurban-Fluor and AAA Mid-Atlantic launched the Orange Cones. No Phones. campaign in 2009 to reduce distracted driving in the 495 Express Lanes construction zone in Northern Virginia. The 495 Express Lanes project partners – Federal Highway Administration and Virginia Department of Transportation – as well as state and local law enforcement agencies including the Virginia State Police and Fairfax County Police also supported the campaign.
Construction of the 495 Express Lanes was completed in November 2012 and the Lanes opened for operation that same month. The project achieved an OSHA Recordable Incident Rate of 0.70 and reached 9.1 million work hours with only two lost time injuries.
Due to its success on the 495 Express Lanes, the campaign was expanded to the 95 Express Lanes construction zone. In 2013, the campaign transitioned to the I-95 corridor to cut down on distracted driving in the 95 Express Lanes construction zone.
The 95 Express Lanes opened to drivers in December 2014 following approximately 29 months of construction. The project achieved an OSHA Recordable Incident Rate of 0.47 and reached more than 4.2 million work hours with no lost time injuries.
When drivers see the orange cones on the road, it is a reminder that they need to put down those phones.