What to do when there are roadworks on NSW roads. Learn about common signs, signals and how to proceed safely.

Taking care at roadworks

Temporary signs warn you that roadworks are ahead. When approaching roadworks, slow down, look out for any hazards and be prepared to stop.

You must obey the regulatory signs and traffic lights at roadworks.

Look out for road workers on the road and obey signals from traffic controllers.

Stop and slow signs

‘Stop’ and ‘Slow’ signs are used at roadworks to control traffic. You must stop before reaching a handheld ‘Stop’ sign.

‘Stop’ and ‘Slow’ signs are held by traffic controllers. You must obey these signs.

Stop and Slow signs used by traffic controllers to control traffic around roadworks
Stop and slow road signs (traffic controllers)

Temporary traffic lights

Temporary traffic lights on a road. You must stop on a red signal.

Portable temporary traffic lights used at some roadworks to assist with traffic flow
Temporary traffic lights and ‘Stop here on red signal’ road sign on roadside

Common roadworks signs

Speed signs are regulatory signs. You must not drive faster than the speed limit shown on the sign.

Here's what to do when you see these common roadworks signs.

Roadworks with speed limit sign

40km/h speed sign displayed around roadwork sites
Roadworks road sign showing 40km/h speed limit must be obeyed.

Slow down and be prepared to stop signs

Prepare to stop roadsign advising roadwork ahead and you may be required to stop
Slow down and be prepared to stop road sign
Traffic controller ahead roadsign advising roadworks in progress and to pay attention to directions given by traffic controller
Road sign showing traffic controller ahead. Be prepared to stop.
Roadworkers are working ahead. Slow down and proceed with caution
Road sign showing road workers ahead. Slow down
Roadwork underway ahead. Slow down and proceed with caution
Roadwork ahead sign.

End roadworks sign

Roadworks have ended and you may proceed as normal
Road sign showing end of roadworks

Overtaking and lane warning signs

Roadsign - No overtaking no lines marked
Road sign indicating no lanes marked on the road. Take care if overtaking.
Roadworks sign advising that lane or lanes have been closed ahead. Please merge left or right.
Road sign indicating closed lane ahead. Merge to the right.

Avoiding hazards signs

Roadworks sign new work and loose gravel please proceed with caution.
Watch for loose stones. Slow down.
Traffic controller vehicle with temporary arrow illuminated on top pointing which direction to merge.
A temporary arrow on a roadwork vehicle warns you a road hazard is ahead. Change lanes.
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