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“Not More Construction…………..I’m Late Already!”

Traffic Control Harrisburg PA

“Not More Construction…………..I’m Late Already!”

By: Colleen Gemmill

It never fails, you’re running late and now you see signs, barrels, and an array of workers you are sure are there only to inconvenience you. Now because of this person holding a sign that says “stop”, you are certainly going to be late!

  After what feels like an eternity, that annoying person finally turns the sign to “S-L-O-W”! You don’t have time for “slow”, so you speed away in an attempt to make up time. Moments later you regain consciousness and find yourself tangled in a mass of metal.

  You have just become a statistic. You have become one of the 45,400 people in the nation injured in work zone accidents in 2018. You have caused one accident of the over 95,000 work zone accidents that occur yearly. And to top it off you have caused one of the 755 work zone deaths of 2018 when your car went out of control and hit a worker behind the barrier, who then became also became 1 of 124 workers killed in work zone accidents in 2018.

  While the scenario may be made up the numbers are fact. The fact is, according to the US Dept. of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration, over 95,000 accidents occurred in US work zones in 2018. These accidents ended in 755 deaths (124 of which were workers) and 45,400 injuries. All of which could have been prevented!

  The numbers for 2019 look even higher, although the statistics aren’t complete yet. A 2019 nationwide survey on highway work zone safety, conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America, found the 67% of highway contractors reported intrusions. Every intrusion by a non-contractor motorist has the potential to cause injuries and/or death.

  So even in the fast paced world we live in, slow down, pay attention and make it through the work zones uninjured, alive and allow those working there to do the same.



Craig Adams, Inc. has used D.E. Gemmill exclusively for our Line Painting and Signage needs since the 90’s.  We have always been very pleased with the quality of work performed, jobs completed in a timely fashion, and at competitive prices, on all size projects.  A great company to do business with!

— B. Keller , General Manager    , W. Craig Adams Inc

It has always been a positive experience working with D.E. Gemmill. It all starts in the estimating department where I can always count on receiving a proposal that is accurate and thorough. Then we have the tough task of scheduling on tight time frame jobs where Cary and Dave always seem to work us in when we need it. The field guys always do their best to bring to our attention possible conflicts that could present problems if they notice something that isn’t quite right.

I would recommend D.E. Gemmill’s services for anyone looking to have professional and quality workmanship on their projects.

— W. Stevens , Project Manager , Mainline Excavating

We wanted to send you a thank you for the great job. The men working were very good and completed their job very professionally. I really like when you have a great team to work with. Again thank you and your crew, we would recommend your company to anyone.

— W. Willders , Westminster Place At Stewartstown

I would like to let you know that the line painting crew (Donnie, Albert, Scott, Tom, and Possum) did a fantastic job this week. It was a pleasure to work with them and the respect they showed me while I was riding along. Please pass my appreciation along to them.

Also if you can get Donnie into singing lessons that would be great.  My ears still feel the pain.


— S. Walker , City of Lebanon – Traffic Shop

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