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What to do at roadworks

Roadworks are worksites for Transport and Main Roads' staff and its contractors so please obey the signs at roadworks and drive carefully. Follow the traffic controllers' instructions and always slow down through roadworks.

Take care and remember, 'Please slow down — roadwork safety is your responsibility too'.

How can I stay safe around roadworks?

  • Slow down and keep to the reduced speed limit.
  • Keep an eye out for roadworkers. They don't have a vehicle to protect them.
  • Observe the roadwork signage. If you don't see someone working there, they may be out of view.
  • Stay calm. Be patient.
  • Expect the unexpected.
  • Look out for hidden roadworkers and vehicles.
  • Speed limits may be reduced, so drive to the limit.
  • Traffic lanes may have changed, so take care.
  • Be alert. Always follow road signs and roadworkers' instructions.
  • Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and other vehicles, traffic barriers, construction equipment and roadworkers.
  • Ensure you are in the correct lane and merge as soon as possible to avoid last minute lane changes.
  • Plan your trip ahead to ease any delays.
  • Look for an alternate route.
  • Always remember, roadwork signs are legal signs and must be adhered to.

How can I arrive on time?

Transport and Main Roads understands that roadworks may be unexpected and can cause delays to your journey. When planning your journey, we recommend you:

  • plan ahead
  • allow extra time for unexpected delays
  • plan rest periods.

Are roadwork signs official signage?

Yes, they are. Roadwork signage is provided for the safety of roadworkers and road users. A surprising number of drivers fail to recognise these as official traffic signs.

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What happens if I disobey these signs?

  • Committing an offence may lead to fines and licence demerit points.
  • The driver may be liable for damage caused to roadwork equipment and materials.
  • The driver's insurance claim may be void.
  • Vehicles may be damaged by loose stones and gravel.

Why are there speed signs at roadworks?

There are speed signs at roadworks to protect the roadworker and road user. Roads are more than concrete or asphalt. You drive on many layers that are put down according to strict specifications, ensuring the best and safest road surface possible. Each layer takes time to reach the appropriate compaction standards that are essential for the life of the road. The speed limit is set to ensure everyone's safety.

Speed signs around roadworks are enforceable and regulated by law.

Why is speed reduced?

  • Speeding vehicles are a very real threat to the safety of other drivers and roadworkers.
  • The road condition may have changed but you may not be aware of this. While under construction or repair, the road surface may not be safe to drive on at the normal speed.
  • Loose gravel on the road surface may cause damage to your vehicle.
  • The pavement surface may be uneven.
  • The road lanes may have narrowed.
  • Kilometres of utilities such as drainage pipes, electrical and telecommunication lines are often hidden from view. When roads are widened, many of these have to be relocated. Relocation takes time.
  • Some roadwork activities are mobile, such as line markings, road patching and mowing. The roadworker may be moving through the zone and needs a reduced speed limit for safety reasons.
  • Roadworkers may not always be visible when working in the road area.

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Last updated
18 February 2016