Look out, road workers about Shoalhaven gears up for a hectic summer

Published on 12 December 2022


As tourists flock to the Shoalhaven this summer, road workers will continue to maintain the region’s road network and rebuild infrastructure damaged in the recent natural disasters.

The increase in holiday traffic combined with Council’s ongoing recovery effort will see our roads much busier than normal. Road crews will be more vulnerable to unsafe driving and motorists are being asked to slow down and adjust to the conditions.

Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley appealed to visitors and residents to be vigilant when driving past road works in the Shoalhaven.

“Our crews are kept safe when drivers slow down and can respond to potential risks on the road,” said Cr Findley.

“Road workers are some of the most vulnerable people on our roads and we want them to return safely to their families at the end of each day.

“Let’s all do our part to keep our roads, our community, and our workers safe.”

Cr Findley said there were simple steps we can all take when planning a journey in the Shoalhaven:

  • Be prepared for delays and allow extra travel time
  • Follow speed limits
  • Plan ahead and get the latest traffic updates in NSW from Live Traffic NSW
  • Plan ahead and get the latest traffic updates in the Shoalhaven from Council’s road works page or local live traffic
  • Be patient – road workers are trying to make the roads safer for our community.

Earlier this year Transport for NSW rolled out a safety campaign urging motorists and riders to slow down near works sites and look out for road workers. It highlighted that 44 per cent of the casualties involving road workers occurred in regional NSW.

“With 1770 km of roads in the Shoalhaven we have a major challenge maintaining and repairing the network following severe weather this year,” said Cr Findley.

“The constant rain means potholes continue to plague the region and our crews are out there every day to temporarily fill holes, while working on a greater recovery strategy.

“I’m really excited to welcome visitors to the region after some challenging years. Together I know that we can all show support for our road workers by slowing down and keeping them safe from harm.

“As a community, we have the power to keep everyone safe, so please look out when road workers are about.”