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Road Closure – Controlling Traffic

Important Points¹!

  • Temporary Traffic Controls (TTC) comprise advanced warning signs, direction and protection signs, and barriers.

  • The establishment and sequencing of signs aim to:

    • Inform road users there is an operation or an incident ahead e.g. tree felling.

    • Let them know that there are traffic controls ahead and what type.

    • Tell them how to act e.g. to stop, proceed only when instructed, etc. 

  • Closure barriers shall extend the full width of the road carriage to a minimum height of 1m and must be able to be easily taken down and put up again by permitted drivers. 

  • PF Olsen Ltd has a Safe OP – Operational Signage and Road Closure, which contains additional rules including the following:

    • Every person closing a road shall be responsible to monitor the closure using real-time radio communications or with physical checking every 10 minutes. 

  • The Approved Code of Practice (s. 2.11) adds that “…Drivers on roads shall comply with the requirements of the Road Controlling Authority”, and “...Drivers on roads shall abide by all road signage.” To neglect these rules risks serious harm for all road users and invariably will lead to the revocation of the offender’s permit.

¹ Refer to the Competenz – Best Practice Guide for Temporary Traffic Control on Private Forest Roads. NB: This BPG (p. 9)pictures three examples of unmanned temporary road closures including the industry approved signage components.

View this article in Safety Bulletin 106