Road safety audits

A road safety audit is a formal assessment of an existing or future road.

If you are an engineering consultant conducting road safety audits on Northern Territory (NT) Government roads, you need to be aware of what is required.

A road safety audit is needed:

  • as part of the road design and construction process
  • or for issues on existing roads to improve safety.

Road safety audits are done in accordance with national practice. Go to the Austroads publications online website for more information.

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The following stages are required for a road safety audit:

Stage 1. feasibility design
Stage 2. preliminary design
Stage 3. detail design
Stage 4. pre-opening design
Stage 5. existing roads.

Consideration will be given to vulnerable road users and for unique traffic conditions that exist in the NT.

Consultants should read the technical references for industry professionals and the permission to access government roads.

The NT Government will direct which stages will be undertaken for all projects, including when:

  • a new road is proposed
  • a road is to be realigned or upgraded
  • a change to the movement of traffic is proposed
  • a change to the arrangement of traffic control devices is proposed
  • there may be a change in the traffic generated by a development adjacent to a road.

For capital road works, the below stages may be required:

  • stage 3 as a minimum
  • stage 1 to stage 4 depending on the project's scope and complexity.

For urban and intersection road roads, the below stages may be required:

  • stage 3
  • stage 4.

Projects initiated by the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (DIPL) will be assessed for project complexity to determine whether additional audits are required.

Pavement rehabilitation and major maintenance items may require a stage 2 audit on the existing road.

Developers should contact DIPL by phone 08 8924 7104 or email to get advice.

Private developments are required to conduct road safety audits.

Last updated: 10 July 2019


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