Rolling out technology to improve traffic flow

Published 2:30pm 12 July 2022

Rolling out technology to improve traffic flow
Words by Jodie Powell

Ramp signals, variable speed limit and message signs are among the Smart Motorways technology being installed on the Bruce Highway between the Pine River and Caloundra Rd.

Along with vehicle detection systems and CCTV cameras, the signs along the 60km stretch will allow agencies to monitor and respond to changing conditions such as crashes, wet weather or heavy traffic in real time.

Preparation has started around Caboolture-Bribie Island Rd to widen the southbound entry ramp to the Bruce Highway and build a new shared path across the highway.

As part of the project, wireless traffic sensors at priority locations along the highway will monitor vehicle travel times, traffic flow and speed.

The traffic sensors will provide coverage to accurately monitor the highway in real time and ramp signals at highway entry ramps will manage traffic entering the highway.

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Deputy Premier and Member for Murrumba Steven Miles says the $105 million project will significantly improve the reliability of travel time on the stretch from Murrumba Downs to Caloundra Rd.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says new technology is keeping cars moving.

“This next stage will expand on the success of the program between Pine Rivers and Uhlmann Rd by continuing through to Caloundra Rd,” he says.

“Not only will this help Queenslanders get home safer and sooner, but we’re also supporting 140 good Queensland jobs.”

Proven success

Rolling out technology to improve traffic flow

Kurwongbah state MP Shane King says the project complements other work taking place, such as the Deception Bay interchange upgrade and widening work from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast.

“This system has been a great success in places like the M1, the Gateway Motorway and here on the Bruce Highway,” Mr King says.

Pumicestone state MP Ali King says she appreciates the patience of drivers while the work is happening.

Night work

Due to high traffic volumes, most work will be carried out at night to minimise disruptions.

Traffic controllers, reduced speed limits and signs will be in place to ensure the safety of road workers and motorists.

Work is expected to be completed in 2024, weather and construction conditions permitting.

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