Smart Traffic Management Technologies for Bruce Highway
Other intelligent traffic management technologies will be installed along a 60 km stretch of the Bruce Highway to enable agencies to monitor and respond to changing traffic and weather conditions.
Further deployment of Smart Motorways technology along the Bruce Highway has begun between Pine River and Caloundra Road.
Ramp signals, variable speed limit and message signs, vehicle detection systems and CCTV cameras will allow agencies to proactively monitor and react to changing conditions such as accidents, wet weather or heavy traffic conditions in real time.
This work is part of the $105 million Bruce Highway – Managed Motorways Stage 2 – Gateway Motorway to Caloundra Road Interchange project, jointly funded 80:20 by the Federal and Queensland governments.
Federal Minister of Infrastructure, Transportation, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King said that with federal government investments, motorists can expect to see improvements in safety, efficiency and reliability along this very busy section.
“As part of our commitment to improve the safety and performance of our national highways, the federal government has allocated $84 million for this project, which is part of the $13 billion Bruce Highway Improvement Program. over 15 years,” Ms. King said.
“Resilient and reliable transportation is the backbone of the nation – providing this kind of infrastructure creates jobs, creates opportunity and unlocks economic growth and productivity.”
Queensland Deputy Premier and MP for Murrumba Steven Miles said it was great to work with the Federal Government to deliver this $105 million project for the people of Murrumba.
“This technology will significantly improve the reliability of journey times on the stretch to Caloundra Road, making it easier for residents to get around,” Mr Miles said.
The project will install wireless traffic sensors at priority locations along the highway to monitor vehicle travel times, traffic flow and speed. These traffic sensors will provide the coverage and resolution needed to accurately monitor highway performance in real time.
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey, said investment in new technology is enabling cars to travel across the state.
“This next step will extend the success of the program between Pine Rivers and Uhlmann Road continuing to Caloundra Road,” Mr Bailey said.
“Not only will this help Queenslanders return home safer and sooner, but we’re also supporting 140 good jobs in Queensland, which is great news as our economy continues to thrive.”
Targeted clearing of vegetation, site establishment, investigation works and earthworks will also take place at various locations along the project corridor.
Preparations are currently underway around Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to widen the southbound on-ramp to the Bruce Highway and install a suite of technologies including ramp signage, variable speed limit signs and a new shared path on the highway.
Deputy Federal Minister for Regional Development Anthony Chisholm said it was good news for residents of Caboolture, Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast.
“We know how important the Bruce Highway is to these communities,” Chisholm said.
“The upgrades will improve their travel and mobility, allowing people to travel safely and more reliably in the region.
“It’s great to see the state and federal government working together to deliver Queensland.”
Due to high traffic volumes, most work will be carried out at night to minimize disruption.
Traffic controllers, reduced speed limits and signs will be in place to ensure the safety of road workers and motorists.
Queensland member for Kurwongbah, Shane King, said the system has been a big hit in places like the M1, the Gateway Motorway and here on the Bruce Highway.
“The installation complements other work underway at the moment, such as the upgrade and widening of the Deception Bay interchange from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast,” Mr King said.
Work is expected to be completed in 2024, weather and construction conditions permitting.
For more information on the project, visit here.