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Cut inspection time by 50% Uncover more issues and solve them 4x faster Select from over 4000 expert-proofed templates Road Safety Inspection Checklist Road alignment and cross-section Visibility; sight distance Is sight distance adequate for the speed of traffic using the route? Yes No N/A Is adequate sight distance provided for intersections and crossings? (for example, pedestrian, cyclist, cattle, railway) Yes No N/A Is adequate sight distance provided at all private driveways and property entrances? Yes No N/A Design speed Is the horizontal and vertical alignment suitable for the (85th percentile) traffic speed? Yes No N/A are warning signs installed? Yes No N/A are advisory speed signs installed? Yes No N/A Are the posted advisory speeds for curves appropriate? Yes No N/A Speed limit/speed zoning Is the speed limit compatible with the function, road geometry, land use and sight distance? Yes No N/A Overtaking Are safe overtaking opportunities provided? Yes No N/A Readability by drivers Is the road free of elements that may cause confusion? For example: is alignment of the roadway clearly defined? Yes No N/A has disused pavement (if any) been removed or treated? Yes No N/A have old pavement markings been removed properly? Yes No N/A do tree lines follow the road alignment? Yes No N/A does the line of street lights or the poles follow the road alignment? Yes No N/A Is the road free of misleading curves or combinations of curves? Yes No N/A Widths Are medians and islands of adequate width for the likely users? Yes No N/A Are traffic lane and carriageway widths adequate for the traffic volume and mix? Yes No N/A Are bridge widths adequate? Yes No N/A Shoulders Are shoulders wide enough to allow drivers to regain control of errant vehicles? Yes No N/A Are shoulders wide enough for broken-down or emergency vehicles to stop safely? Yes No N/A Are shoulders sealed? Yes No N/A Are shoulders traffickable for all vehicles and road users? (i.e. are shoulders in good condition) Yes No N/A Is the transition from road to shoulder safe? (no drop-offs) Yes No N/A Crossfalls Is appropriate superelevation provided on curves? Yes No N/A Is any adverse crossfall safely managed (for cars, trucks, etc.)? Yes No N/A Do crossfalls (carriageway and shoulder) provide adequate drainage? Yes No N/A Batter slopes Are batter slopes traversable by cars and trucks that run off the road? Yes No N/A Drains Are roadside drains and culvert end walls traversable? Yes No N/A Tapers Are starting and finishing tapers located and aligned correctly? Yes No N/A Is there sufficient sight distance to the end of the auxiliary lane? Yes No N/A Shoulders Are appropriate shoulder widths provided at merges? Yes No N/A Have shoulder widths been maintained beside the auxiliary lane? Yes No N/A Signs and markings Have all signs been installed in accordance with the appropriate guidelines? Yes No N/A Are all signs conspicuous and clear? Yes No N/A Does all linemarking conform with these guidelines? Yes No N/A Is there advance warning of approaching auxiliary lanes? Yes No N/A Turning traffic Have right turns from the through lane been avoided? Yes No N/A Is there advance warning of turn lanes? Yes No N/A Location Are all intersections located safely with respect to the horizontal and vertical alignment? Yes No N/A Where intersections occur at the end of high-speed environments (for example, at approaches to towns), are there traffic control devices to alert drivers? Yes No N/A Visibility; sight distance Is the presence of each intersection obvious to all road users? Yes No N/A Is the sight distance appropriate for all movements and all road users? Yes No N/A Is there stopping sight distance to the rear of any queue or slow-moving turning vehicles? Yes No N/A Has the appropriate sight distance been provided for entering and leaving vehicles? Yes No N/A Controls and delineation Are pavement markings and intersection control signs satisfactory? Yes No N/A Are vehicle paths through intersections delineated satisfactorily? Yes No N/A Are all lanes properly marked (including any arrows)? Yes No N/A Layout Are all conflict points between vehicles safely managed? Yes No N/A Is the intersection layout obvious to all road users? Yes No N/A Is the alignment of kerbs obvious and appropriate? Yes No N/A Is the alignment of traffic islands obvious and appropriate? Yes No N/A Is the alignment of medians obvious and appropriate? Yes No N/A Can all likely vehicle types be accommodated? Yes No N/A Are merge tapers long enough? Yes No N/A Is the intersection free of capacity problems that may produce safety problems? Yes No N/A Miscellaneous Particularly at rural sites, are all intersections free of loose gravel? Yes No N/A Lighting Has lighting been adequately provided where required? Yes No N/A Is the road free of features that interrupt illumination? (for example, trees or overbridges) Yes No N/A Is the road free of lighting poles that are a fixed roadside hazard? Yes No N/A Are frangible or slip-base poles provided? Yes No N/A Ambient lighting: if it creates special lighting needs, have these been satisfied? Yes No N/A Is the lighting scheme free of confusing or misleading effects on signals or signs? Yes No N/A Is the scheme free of any lighting black patches? Yes No N/A General signs issues Are all necessary regulatory, warning and direction signs in place? Are they conspicuous and clear? Yes No N/A Are the correct signs used for each situation, and is each sign necessary? Yes No N/A Are all signs effective for all likely conditions? (for example, day, night, rain, fog, rising or setting sun, oncoming headlights, poor lighting) Yes No N/A If restrictions apply for any class of vehicle, are drivers adequately advised? Yes No N/A If restrictions apply for any class of vehicle, are drivers advised of alternative routes? Yes No N/A Sign legibility In daylight and darkness, are signs satisfactory regarding visibility and: Yes No N/A clarity of message? Yes No N/A readability/legibility at the required distance? Yes No N/A Is sign retroreflectivity or illumination satisfactory? Yes No N/A Are signs able to be seen without being hidden by their background or adjacent distractions? Yes No N/A Is driver confusion due to too many signs avoided? Yes No N/A Sign supports Are sign supports out of the clear zone? Yes No N/A shielded by barriers (for example, guard fence, crash cushions)? Yes No N/A General issues Is the line marking and delineation: appropriate for the function of the road? Yes No N/A consistent along the route? Yes No N/A likely to be effective under all expected conditions? (day, night, wet, dry, fog, rising and setting sun position, oncoming headlights, etc.) Yes No N/A Is the pavement free of excessive markings? (for example, unnecessary turn arrows, unnecessary barrier lines, etc.) Yes No N/A Centrelines, edgelines, lane lines Are centrelines, edgelines, lane lines provided? If not, do drivers have adequate guidance? Yes No N/A Have RRPMs been installed where required? Yes No N/A If RRPMs are installed, are they correctly placed, correct colours, in good condition? Yes No N/A Are profiled (audible) edgelines provided where required? Yes No N/A Is the linemarking in good condition? Yes No N/A Is there sufficient contrast between linemarking and pavement colour? Yes No N/A Guideposts and reflectors Are guideposts appropriately installed? Yes No N/A Are delineators clearly visible? Yes No N/A Are the correct colours used for the delineators? Yes No N/A Are the delineators on guard fences, crash barriers and bridge railings consistent with those on guideposts? Yes No N/A Curve warning and delineation Are curve warning signs and advisory speed signs installed where required? Yes No N/A Are advisory speed signs consistent along the route? Yes No N/A Are the signs correctly located in relation to the curve? (i.e. not too far in advance) Yes No N/A Are the signs large enough? Yes No N/A Are chevron alignment markers (CAMs) installed where required? Yes No N/A Is the positioning of CAMs satisfactory to provide guidance around the curve? Yes No N/A Are the CAMs the correct size? Yes No N/A Are CAMs confined to curves? (not used to delineate islands, etc) Yes No N/A Crash barriers and clear zones Clear zones Is the clear zone width traversable? (i.e. drivable) Yes No N/A Is the clear zone width free of rigid fixtures? (if not, can all of these rigid fixtures be removed or shielded?) Yes No N/A Are all power poles, trees, etc., at a safe distance from the traffic paths? Yes No N/A Is the appropriate treatment or protection provided for any objects within the clear zone? Yes No N/A Crash barriers Are crash barriers installed where necessary? Yes No N/A Are crash barriers installed at all necessary locations in accordance with the relevant guidelines? Yes No N/A Are the barrier systems suitable for the purpose? Yes No N/A Are the crash barriers correctly installed? Yes No N/A Is the length of crash barrier at each installation adequate? Yes No N/A Is the guard fence attached correctly to bridge railings? Yes No N/A Is there sufficient width between the barrier and the edge line to contain a broken-down vehicle? Yes No N/A End treatments Are end treatments constructed correctly? Yes No N/A Is there a safe run-off area behind breakaway terminals? Yes No N/A Fences Are pedestrian fences frangible? Yes No N/A Are vehicles safe from being speared by horizontal fence railings located within the clear zone? Yes No N/A Visibility of barriers and fences Is there adequate delineation and visibility of crash barriers and fences at night? Yes No N/A Operations Are traffic signals operating correctly? Yes No N/A Are the number, location and type of signal displays appropriate for the traffic mix and traffic environment? Yes No N/A Where necessary, are there provisions for visually impaired pedestrians? (for example, audio-tactile push buttons, tactile markings) Yes No N/A Where necessary, are there provisions for elderly or disabled pedestrians? (for example, extended green or clearance phase) Yes No N/A Is the controller located in a safe position? (i.e. where it is unlikely to be hit, but maintenance access is safe) Yes No N/A Is the condition (especially skid resistance) of the road surface on the approaches satisfactory? Yes No N/A Visibility Are traffic signals clearly visible to approaching motorists? Yes No N/A Is there adequate stopping sight distance to the ends of possible vehicle queues? Yes No N/A Have any visibility problems that could be caused by the rising or setting sun been addressed? Yes No N/A Are signal displays shielded so that they can be seen only by the motorists for whom they are intended? Yes No N/A Where signal displays are not visible from an adequate distance, are signal warning signs and/or flashing lights installed? Yes No N/A Where signals are mounted high for visibility over crests, is there adequate stopping sight distance to the ends of traffic queues? Yes No N/A Is the primary signal free from obstructions on the nearside footway to approaching drivers? (trees, light poles, signs, bus stops, etc.) Yes No N/A General issues Are there appropriate travel paths and crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists? Yes No N/A Is a safety fence installed where necessary to guide pedestrians and cyclists to crossings or overpasses? Yes No N/A Is a safety barrier installed where necessary to separate vehicle, pedestrian and cyclist flows? Yes No N/A Are pedestrian and bicycle facilities suitable for night use? Yes No N/A Pedestrians Is there adequate separation distance between vehicular traffic and pedestrians on footways? Yes No N/A Is there an adequate number of pedestrian crossings along the route? Yes No N/A At crossing points is fencing oriented so pedestrians face oncoming traffic? Yes No N/A Is there adequate provision for the elderly, the disabled, children, wheelchairs and baby carriages? (for example, holding rails, kerb and median crossings, ramps) Yes No N/A Are adequate hand rails provided where necessary? (for example, on bridges, ramps) Yes No N/A Is signing about pedestrians near schools adequate and effective? Yes No N/A Is signing about pedestrians near any hospital adequate and effective? Yes No N/A Is the distance from the stop line to a cross walk sufficient for truck drivers to see pedestrians? Yes No N/A Cyclists Is the pavement width adequate for the number of cyclists using the route? Yes No N/A Is the bicycle route continuous? (i.e. free of squeeze points or gaps) Yes No N/A Are drainage pit grates bicycle safe? Yes No N/A Public transport Are bus stops safely located with adequate visibility and clearance to the traffic lane? Yes No N/A Are bus stops in rural areas signposted in advance? Yes No N/A Are shelters and seats located safely to ensure that sight lines are not impeded? Is clearance to the road adequate? Yes No N/A Is the height and shape of the kerb at bus stops suitable for pedestrians and bus drivers? Yes No N/A Design features Are bridges and culverts the full formation width? Yes No N/A Are bridge and culvert carriageway widths consistent with approach conditions? Yes No N/A Is the approach alignment compatible with the 85th percentile travel speed? Yes No N/A Have warning signs been erected if either of the above two conditions (i.e. width and speed) are not met? Yes No N/A Crash barriers Are there suitable traffic barriers on bridges and culverts and their approaches to protect errant vehicles? Yes No N/A Is the connection between barrier and bridge safe? Yes No N/A Is the bridge free of kerbing that would reduce the effectiveness of barriers or rails? Yes No N/A Miscellaneous Are pedestrian facilities on the bridge appropriate and safe? Yes No N/A Is fishing from the bridge prohibited? If not, has provision been made for safe fishing? Yes No N/A Does delineation continue over the bridge? Yes No N/A Pavement defects Is the condition of the pavement edges satisfactory? Yes No N/A Is the transition from pavement to shoulder free of dangerous edge drop offs? Yes No N/A Is the pavement free of defects (for example, excessive roughness or rutting, potholes, loose material, etc.) that Yes No N/A could result in safety problems (for example, loss of steering control)? Yes No N/A Skid resistance Does the pavement appear to have adequate skid resistance, particularly on curves, steep grades and approaches to intersections? Yes No N/A Has skid resistance testing been carried out where necessary? Yes No N/A Ponding Is the pavement free of areas where ponding or sheet flow of water could contribute to safety problems? Yes No N/A Loose stones/material Is the pavement free of loose stones and other material? Yes No N/A General issues Are the provisions for, or restrictions on, parking satisfactory in relation to traffic safety? Yes No N/A Is the frequency of parking turnover compatible with the safety of the route? Yes No N/A Is there sufficient parking for delivery vehicles so that safety problems due to double parking do not occur? Yes No N/A Are parking manoeuvres along the route possible without causing safety problems? (for example, angle parking) Yes No N/A Is the sight distance at intersections and along the route, unaffected by parked vehicles? Yes No N/A Provision for heavy vehicles Design issues Are overtaking opportunities available for heavy vehicles where volumes are high? Yes No N/A Does the route generally cater for the size of vehicle likely to use it? Yes No N/A Is there adequate manoeuvring room for large vehicles along the route, at intersections, roundabouts, etc.? Yes No N/A Is access to rest areas and truck parking areas adequate for the size of vehicle expected? (consider acceleration, deceleration, shoulder widths, etc.) Yes No N/A Pavement/shoulder quality Are shoulders sealed at bends to provide additional pavement for long vehicles? Yes No N/A Is the pavement width adequate for heavy vehicles? Yes No N/A In general, is the pavement quality sufficient for the safe travel of heavy and oversized vehicles? Yes No N/A On truck routes, are reflective devices appropriate for truck drivers' eye heights? Yes No N/A Ponding, flooding Are all sections of the route free from ponding or flow across the road during wet weather? Yes No N/A If there is ponding or flow across the road during wet weather, is there appropriate signposting? Yes No N/A Are floodways and causeways correctly signposted? Yes No N/A Safety of devices Are all culverts or drainage structures located outside the clear roadside recovery area? Yes No N/A If not, are they shielded from the possibility of vehicle collision? Yes No N/A Landscaping Is landscaping in accordance with guidelines? (for example, clearances, sight distance) Yes No N/A Will existing clearances and sight distances be maintained following future plant growth? Yes No N/A Does the landscaping at roundabouts avoid visibility problems? Yes No N/A Temporary works Are all locations free of construction or maintenance equipment that is no longer required? Yes No N/A Are all locations free of signs or temporary traffic control devices that are no longer required? Yes No N/A Headlight glare Have any problems that could be caused by headlight glare been addressed? (for example, a two-way service road close to main traffic lanes, the use of glare fencing or screening) Yes No N/A Roadside activities Are the road boundaries free of any activities that are likely to distract drivers? Yes No N/A Are all advertising signs installed so that they do not constitute a hazard? Yes No N/A Errant vehicles Is the roadside furniture on the verges and footways free of damage from errant vehicles that could indicate a possible problem, hazard or conflict at the site? Yes No N/A Other safety issues Is the embankment stability safe? Yes No N/A Is the route free of unsafe overhanging branches? Yes No N/A Is the route free of visibility obstructions caused by long grass? Yes No N/A Are any high-wind areas safely dealt with? Yes No N/A If back-to-back median kerbing is used is it: adequately delineated? Yes No N/A obvious where it starts? Yes No N/A obvious at intersections? Yes No N/A unlikely to be a hazard to pedestrians? Yes No N/A Rest areas Is the location of rest areas and truck parking areas along the route appropriate? Yes No N/A Is there adequate sight distance to the exit and entry points from rest areas and truck parking areas at all times of the day? Yes No N/A Animals Is the route free from large numbers of animals? (for example, cattle, sheep, kangaroos, koalas, wombats, etc.) Yes No N/A If not, is it protected by animal-proof fencing? Yes No N/A Safety aspects for heavy vehicles not already covered Have all other matters which may have a bearing on safety for heavy vehicles been addressed? Yes No N/A
Please note that this checklist template is a hypothetical appuses-hero example and provides only standard information. The template does not aim to replace, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or any other applicable law. You should seek your professional advice to determine whether the use of such a checklist is appropriate in your workplace or jurisdiction.