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There are a huge variety of temporary signs used for roadworks. I am still building up a collection of photos of these. The types of signs at roadwork sites are also changing as more use is made of multi-panel signs and electronic signs.
This page will be added to gradually.

ROADWORK AHEAD. This is the commonly seen sign in advance of roadworks.

Stratford (?) Vic.

END ROADWORK. The common type of sign at the end of roadworks.

Stratford, Vic.

ROAD WORK AHEAD. This sign is nailed to a convenient guide post. But in fact this is intended to be used on multi-panel frames.

Eagle Point, Vic.

END ROAD WORK. Similar to above.

Eagle Point, Vic.

WORKMAN AHEAD. This one is unusual. Normally the signs read Workmen Ahead.

Melbourne, Vic.

Variable message sign. This one had the symbol for Roadworks, as well as text and a Slow Down message.

Lyndhurst area, Vic.

TRAFFIC HAZARD AHEAD. Often used where the surface is very rough or some other condition which is or could be hazardous.

Maffra, Vic.

Multi-panel sign frame. These are gradually replacing the older single piece signs as they are more flexible and do not require crews to cart so many large heavy signs around.

Golden Beach, Vic.

Multi-panel sign frame. Illustrating the adaptability of these signs. The 3 pieces can slide out, be turned round or replaced with a different sign altogether.

Stratford, Vic.


Stratford, Vic.


Longford, Vic.

One work zone ends and anothe begins. Sale, Vic.
Another view of the adjacent roadwork signs.

Sale, Vic.
(PART) ROAD CLOSED. This sign has been modified to read ROAD CLOSED. But originally read PART ROAD CLOSED, normally used when one lane is closed.

Longford, Vic.

Left: Portable traffic signals.  These are increasingly seen at major road works, especially long term ones.
Right: The white border on this one seems to indicate it came from NSW.  Bunyip, Vic.

Right: This one looks quite out of place. It was certainly one of the last things I expected to see along a quiet dirt road. There was nobody in sight and as it was flashing amber, I proceeded, not sure what to expect. The road dipped down into a small valley with a creek running through it. At the bottom were a grader, trucks and rollers. And no obvious way to pass them. With a mound of gravel up the centre of the road from the grader, it was quite confusing to know whether to go back or try and cross the mound. Eventually the grader moved, and I followed it. on a tight curve, the mound was shallow enough to attempt a low speed overtaking maneuver. Driving up the other side of the valley I found the flagmen sitting in a truck having a cuppa. Drouin, Vic.

Left: Temporary traffic lights. These traffic lights were used for several months during bridge works when traffic was down to one lane. Note the oversize STOP ON RED SIGNAL sign. Longford, Vic.

Right: Another portable signal: This one also has a story worth telling. The Princes Hwy between Sale and Bairnsdale was having a lot of work done during 2003. And for a considerable period, there were 3 or 4 long sections of road protected by traffic lights or flagmen. I sat at one of these lights for about 5 minutes. Not one vehicle came the other way in that time. Eventually it went green and I drove along at the posted 60km/h until getting to the other signal protecting the same section. About 100m further along was another section of works, this time with flagmen. Yes, although in sight of the traffic lights, they made no attempt to co-ordinate their signaling with the nearby traffic lights. Resulting in very lengthy delays in both directions.

Portable traffic signal and road work speed limit in NSW. Note the spiked posts that the sign frame is on.

Rock Flat, NSW.

Portable Signal on the move. This is a strange sight from a moving car. Usually the signals fold down, but not on this particular trailer.

Stratford, Vic.
Slippery surface. Sign often used at roadworks where loose stones have been laid. This one is being used at a sharp bend where there'd been an accident resulting from the road being slippery. Although speed and lack of concentration were probably the main contributors. I know the corner well and often see people cross the centreline.

Stratford, Vic.

Danger Beware Loose Rocks. This sign was found leaning on a bush beside the road. I re-erected it beside the road for some photos. Not sure which way it was supposed to be facing as there were loose rocks in both directions.

Culloden, Vic.

Page added 15/12/2003.  
Page updated 04/06/2011.

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