Roadwork signage analysis and general road user driving behaviour through construction sites

Paige, Callan (2017) Roadwork signage analysis and general road user driving behaviour through construction sites. [USQ Project]

Text (Project)

Download (18MB) | Preview


Roadworks are etched into the fabric of the built environment. The work not only improves road network assets, but facilitates a far reaching economic value domestically. There is no question from the literature how important roadworks are to the liveability of a society; yet equally clear is the abundance of concerns with traffic management and safety at job sites.

The research project has taken a firsthand look at motorist compliance with traffic management at two roadwork sites (within the constraints of the approved ethics clearance). The two case studies combined, resulted in over 90 days’ worth of data collected for evaluation in the analysis. A significant accomplishment was identifying the signage arrangement that had the greatest effect in achieving better voluntary compliance by motorists for each case study. The project’s case studies also reinforced the potential for a major incident when significant occurrences of near misses arise.

The research also took a step towards closing a distinct gap in the literature; roadworkers perspective on the effectiveness of traffic management. A questionnaire was designed to capture the views of roadworkers whom were categorised into two groups; council staff and traffic controllers. The collection of stakeholder input was expanded upon further by interviewing a safety coordinator and several traffic management designers of varying position titles. Key points of interest evolved from the interpretation of similar, dissimilar and innovative input from the stakeholder responses.

The execution of the research methodology permitted an informed understanding of the traffic management context. Recommendations to improve upon traffic management intent, which are viable for implementation in a regional environment, arose from the research project findings. Improvements have been identified and resources formulated for the local council, state government and industry.

Fundamentally, the success of the project’s strategies to enhance the effectiveness of traffic management can be quantified by further research, organisations committing to performance measurement and Queensland remaining supportive to continuous improvement; notably by committing to the incorporation of traffic management related data in the crash record keeping system.

Interest in traffic management practice will continue to be prevalent and studied, as it is the legislated treatment at roadworks and growth in the infrastructure network will remain a government and industry priority.

Statistics for USQ ePrint 40876
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Somasundaraswaran, Soma
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2022 00:14
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2022 00:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: roadworks; signage; motorist compliance; construction sites

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only