Massachusetts Bill would establish mandatory lower speed limits in construction zones

Gov. Charlie Baker, who has been making a hard push in recent weeks on road safety issues, put the focus Thursday on construction zones.

Baker’s bill would allow MassDOT to establish mandatory lower speed limits in construction zones. The plan would also double fines when workers are present at the sites.

“In Massachusetts, most of the rules associated with the speeds to which people should drive through these work zones are suggestions, they’re not law. I think it would be very important for us to adopt what most other states have, which is statewide standards, statutory standards,” Baker said.