Friendly dancing roadworker draws praise from motorists

A NSW Wollongong woman's "flamboyant" way of directing traffic at Bulli on the NSW south coast has seen her gain an online following of appreciative motorists.

Claire Voyant - yes, she changed her name - has been directing traffic on the Princes Highway overpass at Bulli as part of the road works on Lawrence Hargrave Drive since the project started two months ago.

She and seven other Traffic Logistics employees are charged with stopping cars on the overpass to ensure southbound traffic on the Bulli Pass off-ramp doesn't bank up.

Ms Voyant's penchant for exaggerated gestures, little dances and even blowing kisses to drivers has seen people praising her on social media and posting videos of her at work.

She said it started with a wave to motorists, who waved back - then she gave an even bigger wave in return.

From there it wasn't a big leap to dance moves and blowing kisses to drivers.

"I don't get embarrassed very easily," Ms Voyant said.

"I used to teach group fitness classes and I came from a background of personal training so I'm used to being a bit silly to hold people's attention and entertain a little bit."

Judging by the response online, northern suburbs drivers have been appreciative of the little ray of sunshine she brings into their day.

And Ms Voyant said the feeling is definitely mutual.

"It's a really lovely experience," said.

"I don't spend a lot of time with the motorists - it's maybe 10 seconds each one - but I really look forward to the afternoon shift because that's an adventure.

...I'm starting to recognise people now.

Dancing traffic controller Claire Voyant

"People are honking and waving. It's a feel-good experience I'll miss it when I'm finished."

Her daily performances could well be a bit of an exclusive for Bulli drivers.

Ms Voyant has a truck licence so she tends to be behind the wheel rather than standing on the roadside.

On top of that, she said it's unusual for a traffic controller to spend weeks at the same location.

"I don't really have the opportunity to be in this kind of setting," she said.

"This is a unique situation in that most jobs when you're on the road as a traffic controller, you're not there for six or seven weeks.

"Circumstances have all come together. It's the same people coming down the pass during the week and I'm starting to recognise people now."

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