Feb 6, 2013

Smart technology on the way for the West Gate Freeway

Visionstream has been selected to install electronic freeway management technology along the West Gate Freeway, with work on the project expected to get underway in the middle of this year.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said once operational this technology will give VicRoads the tools they need to better manage traffic flows and respond quickly to accidents and breakdowns.

“As well as being good for taxpayers, this technology will deliver faster, safer and less frustrating driving conditions for the 160,000 motorists and truck drivers who use this vital part of Melbourne’s road network every day,” said Mr Albanese.

“Indeed if applied nationwide, electronic freeway management systems have the potential to greatly reduce congestion and save Australian families and businesses more than $500 million a year.”

Victorian Roads Minister Terry Mulder said the installation of the freeway management system is expected to be completed by mid-2014 and maintains Victoria’s reputation as a leader in the use of this technology.

“The project will upgrade the existing smart technology on the freeway and include installation of lane use signs that advise drivers of which lanes to use, and new side-mounted variable speed limit signs allowing for speeds to adjusted to suit conditions” said Mr Mulder.

“There will also be closed circuit television cameras and an upgrade of supporting communications networks and central control systems.

“Once complete, the system will be fully integrated with the M1 east of Williamstown Road and eventually with the M80 Ring Road, helping to deliver safer and more reliable travel times along these routes.

The West Gate Freeway project is being funded by the Federal ($12.5 million) and Victorian ($12.5 million) governments.