A ‘Smart Motorways’ project that will improve safety for drivers on Queensland’s busiest highway is ready to be rolled out.
The new technology includes ramp signals, variable speed limit and message signs, vehicle detection systems and CCTV cameras to monitor and respond to changing road conditions such as crashes, wet weather or heavy traffic conditions.
They will be installed on the Bruce Highway, between the Pine River and Caloundra Road, with Seymour Whyte Constructions awarded the contract for construction.
The $105 million project will be jointly funded by the Federal and Queensland Governments on an 80:20 split.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the project was part of the 15-year, $13 billion Bruce Highway Upgrade Program.
“Through our investment, motorists can expect to see improvements in safety, efficiency and reliability along this busy stretch.”
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the technology had proved to be an effective safety device across the state.
“Smart Motorways technology gives drivers advance warning of congestion ahead and allows for speed limits and ramp signals to be changed remotely,” Mr Bailey said.
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“This project builds on the network of Smart Motorways technology already delivered on the Bruce Highway southbound between the Pine River and Uhlmann Road as part of the Smart Motorways Stage 1 project in 2015.
“Not only are we improving safety for drivers on Queensland’s busiest highway, but we’re creating about 140 direct jobs at a time when they are needed most.”
Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting said wireless traffic sensors would be installed at priority locations along the 60km stretch, to monitor vehicle travel times, traffic flow and speed.
“When installed, these traffic sensors will provide the coverage and resolution necessary to accurately monitor the highway’s performance in real time,” he said.
“This technology will improve safety, reduce stop-start travel and importantly, provide more predictable travel times for motorists.”
For more information on the Bruce Highway Pine River to Caloundra Road Smart Motorways Stage 2 project, visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads.