Rolling Slowdown Operations

Executing a rolling slowdown on a freeway.


Managing traffic on highways, freeways, and interstates differs significantly from directing traffic in urban areas. With the substantial traffic flow and high speeds involved, highway traffic control requires a distinctive strategy to guarantee the safety of both the motorists and the construction teams.

Through Flagger Force’s extensive experience, we refined our rolling slowdown operations over the years.

Here’s how we fine-tune our rolling slowdown operations:

  • Safety: Staying Safety-Driven® is our highest priority with any job. We prioritize the well-being of all individuals on the job site, including the general public passing through, the crews doing their jobs, as well as our own Flagger Force team members. Rolling slowdown operations often bring vehicles down from highway speed limits to a slower speed, which requires substantial warning and space to accommodate inattentive drivers. Our approach encompasses appropriate signage, message boards, and other types of signs.
  • Work Conditions: Crews working on or near a roadway performing important infrastructure work such as pulling cable, wires, or fiber across expansive highways, often require rolling slowdown operations. This requires sufficient time to plan and space to execute the work effectively. This type of operation can optimize work efficiency and expedite normal traffic flow. We continuously collaborate with construction project managers to determine the frequency and duration of traffic interruptions to accommodate crew and minimize impact in our community’s daily routines.
  • Laws and Regulations: Due to a combination of federal and state laws applicable to temporary traffic control on highways, we tailor each rolling slowdown operation to local laws and regulations. Differences between states can include distances, size, and location of signage, the number of signs, and the position of flaggers. Our Flagger Force team acknowledges the varying requirements for each region and applies the correct solutions. We aim to provide safe, efficient, and law-abiding traffic control services at your job sites so that our clients can focus on the job itself.
  • Quality: We strive to offer high-quality services for rolling slowdown operations. Due to the nature of stopping traffic on highways and interstates, any errors in how we perform this type of operation can cause major disruptions to regular traffic. When traffic flow isn’t well managed, drivers can become impatient, which can cause accidents and injuries. Our crew members, leaders, and supervisors are trained to communicate with verbal and non-verbal methods as well as anticipate changes in traffic flow. They’ll maintain close contact with the client and work to adapt to any situation that might arise.

A rolling slowdown operation presents many unique challenges. At Flagger Force, we utilize our years of experience and offer Safety-Driven® solutions that allow construction crews adequate time to efficiently get the traffic flowing again.

Contact Flagger Force today and tell us about your traffic control project. We’ll take care of your traffic control needs, no matter the size, scale, or duration.

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“The Flagger Force Operations team has done a great job at providing me consistency on my job site this week. I appreciate all the hard work.”

- Owen Crouse, Foreman, Riggs Distler

“Today, Flagger Force did an excellent job on our work zone. I was very impressed with their level of professionalism and knowledge in traffic control. They did some great work.”

- Phil Vigue, Foreman, Cianbro Corp.

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- Charles Curtis, Foreman, Verizon

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- Scott Gates, Foreman, UGI

“Our Flagger Force crew did an outstanding job today. I am impressed with the quality of the level of service they provided. They were safe, courteous, and were a pleasure to have worked alongside of our crew.”

- Steve Krizan, Foreman, BGE-Underground

“The crews at Flagger Force are great to work with. We had a complicated rolling slowdown and they had the operation down to a science. I am very pleased with the job they performed.”

- Andrew MacPherson, project manager, CW Wright Construction

“The crew with my team today was outstanding. My employees made sure to tell me how knowledgeable, polite, and hardworking each member of this crew was throughout the day.”

- Damon Barbour, Supervisor, Reg Operations Line & Sub, West, Potomac Edison

“I want to thank Flagger Force for providing us with an outstanding and professional crew. The dedication your employees show on the road is very gratifying knowing they are the ones protecting our crew. Thank you for keeping us safe.”

- Shane Satterwhite, foreman, Pike Electric

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