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It can be a dangerous and, at times, a demoralising job.
Eight people died working on England's motorways and major A roads between 2009 and 2013, and a minority of drivers also spit at and throw things at roadworkers.
Now, the Highways Agency and emergency services in Cumbria have started a new campaign urging drivers to slow down and show some respect.
Katie Hunter reports:
The Highways Agency and emergency services in Cumbria are urging drivers to stick to temporary speed limits on motorways.
They've released footage of a lorry on the M6 crashing through cones and narrowly missing a breakdown vehicle. Eight people died while working on England's motorways and major A-roads between 2009 and 2013.
It's hoped the campaign will encourage drivers to slow down and respect roadworkers: