Our View: Proceed With Caution


Autumn is a season of color on Cape Cod, with vibrant pumpkins and falling leaves. But if you’re really into the color orange, you’ll find it in the traffic cones and detour signs at any of dozens of road construction projects.

The sewer work in East Harwich is an inconvenience for sure, as was the work at Main Street and Route 28 in Orleans. Additional sewer work will be taking place around Chatham, Harwich and Orleans in the months ahead. And then there’s the long-awaited reconstruction of the Route 28 corridor in West Chatham, which is expected to resume any time now—or so we're told—as well as ongoing tree trimming and removal prompted by last summer's tornado and subsequent storms.

It’s easy to complain about the traffic delays, but we know they’re for the public good. Instead, here’s a reminder for motorists: drive with care in these construction zones.

We’ve watched impatient drivers zip through these areas without adequately slowing down, and we’ve heard similar reports from police officers directing traffic. It jeopardizes the safety of everyone working so close to the traffic lanes when motorists don’t cut their speed.

And while we don’t know exactly what caused a car to drive into a construction trench in North Harwich last week, we know that the outcome could’ve been deadly had there been utility workers in the trench at the time. It’s a reminder to keep your eyes peeled for construction hazards.