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Why we do roadworks

Why we have roadworks

Roadworks are undertaken to build new roads, maintain existing roads and complete emergency repairs.

Over the next five years, Transport and Main Roads is committed to delivering over $19 billion of roadworks to the Queensland state-controlled road network. Safety at roadworks is a key priority for the department.

Roadworks are worksites for Transport and Main Roads' staff and contractors.

What types of roadworks are there?

  • Routine maintenance and emergency repairs due to weather or other damage.
  • Road projects such as widening roads, bypasses, extended lanes, motorways and bridges.

What do roadworkers do?

All workers are entitled to a safe work environment. Roads are worksites for roadworkers undertaking a variety of activities, night and day.

  • Traffic controllers may be giving you important directions.
  • Roadworkers may be mowing road sides, planting vegetation or clearing litter.
  • Surveyors may be undertaking detailed surveys, recording features such as vegetation, driveways, ground levels, soil profiles, fences and drainage patterns.
  • Roadworkers may be digging up an old surface and replacing this with new pavement.
  • Roadworkers may be widening the road, constructing a cycleway or replacing line markings.

What are orange cones for?

Orange cones are put out to alert drivers to roadworks and roadworkers. They indicate a roadwork site. They are part of safety measures, including safety barriers and speed signs, to highlight different driving conditions. The orange colour stands out at night and when visibility is low.

When you see the cones you should drive safely and be prepared for sudden stops, traffic merges and speed limit changes.

Why are there sometimes orange cones but no roadworkers?

  • It can take time to position the cones along the road before it is safe for roadworkers to start or finish their job.
  • Roadworkers may be working out of your sight, alongside the road, under a road in a drain or ditch, or under a bridge.
  • The road may not be complete or safe to drive on at normal speed and requires caution to avoid potential accidents.
Last updated
18 February 2016