Transport Canberra and City Services

Temporary Traffic Management

Developers and contractors are responsible for the safety of the workforce and public at their work sites.

Temporary traffic management measures, including directive barriers and signs, must be put in place to ensure people can travel safely through or around work sites.

Temporary traffic management plans for construction and road work sites provide a means of assessing how all likely road users will be affected by the works and what measures could be implemented to minimise disruption. These users include pedestrians and cyclists.

Factors to consider when developing a temporary traffic management plan include:

  • impacts on on motorists including motorcyclists
  • impacts on pedestrians and cyclists
  • detours
  • night works
  • working adjacent to traffic
  • safety barriers
  • access to adjoining properties.

For information please view the guiding principles for temporary traffic management plans (PDF 131KB)

To obtain authorisation for temporary traffic management you will need to visit Roads ACT and supply a detailed drawing. This drawing needs to be designed by a qualified traffic engineer or person certified to the NSW RTA Design and Inspect Traffic Control Plan or state based road authority accreditation. Please allow five working days from the date of submission for authorisation of all temporary traffic management drawings.

The following documents are required to be submitted with all temporary traffic management drawings, please submit all application forms to remember to allow 5 – 10 business days for your application to be processed.

Fees and charges for these applications apply. Please refer to the fees and charges page for further information.

Traffic Control Devices

Any road construction or building work that requires the removal, placement or replacement of traffic control devices, including guide signs, needs to be approved by Roads ACT. You will need to visit us with your proposed traffic control device location/relocation plans for comment or authorisation and submit a Traffic Control Device Transmittal Form.

If you need to place or replace a guide sign you will need to complete a Traffic Control Device Sign Inventory Form. You will need to detail the design aspect and dimensions of the affected sign(s) and the proposed location of the sign(s).

Upon the resolution of any issues the developer or contractor will be advised to submit final plans for final approval in hard copy and electronically in CAD format.

Special Events Handbook

The Special Events Handbook is a guide for event planning that involves special traffic management arrangements including partial or full road closures. Roads ACT must be contacted 14 days prior to the proposed closure date for full road closures, or seven days prior to the proposed closure date for partial road closures. For more information refer to the:

Traffic management at Christmas light displays

Christmas light displays can be a great way for Canberrans to celebrate Christmas and boost community spirit. In most cases, Christmas light displays do not need any involvement by the ACT Government. However, in limited cases ACT Government involvement is required because the scale or nature of the display causes traffic, parking and safety implications or potentially leads to neighbourhood tension by attracting significant night time traffic to the street.

The traffic management at Christmas light displays fact sheet has been developed to help people understand the difference between small-scale and large-scale Christmas light displays and the requirements involved. The fact sheet also outlines the steps that need to be taken when planning Christmas light display activities and the responsibility of event organisers.

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