Variable speed signs to operate between Uhlmann Rd and the Pine River on the Bruce Highway

Media Release


29 February 2016

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Peter Dutton

Member for Dickson

Chris Whiting

Queensland State Member for Murrumba

Luke Howarth

Member for Petrie

Variable electronic speed signs have been switched on today on the Bruce Highway southbound, between Uhlmann Road and the Pine River.

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the electronic signs had been switched on and would display the default 100km/h speed limit while they are tested over the next couple of weeks.

“Once testing is complete, motorists may notice the signs operating in peak periods if the highway becomes congested,” Mr Bailey said.

“By adjusting the speed limit, we're able to make sure that all motorists are driving to the conditions.”

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the signs would improve road safety and traffic flows on the southern end of the highway.

“Fifty-four variable speed signs have been installed on this very busy 18 kilometre stretch of the Bruce Highway,” Mr Chester said.

“The signs are part of the jointly funded $34.8 million Bruce Highway Managed Motorways Project which is designed to improve management of traffic on what is a crucial link in the national highway network.”

Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth said variable speed signs were used at locations around Queensland to manage speed limits in response to changed road conditions such as congestion, incidents or bad weather.

“For the first several weeks, the signs will display the default speed of 100km/h to allow the system to be assessed, and following this, full operations will begin,” Mr Howarth said.

Federal Member for Dickson Peter Dutton said the signs would improve safety by increasing the time drivers have to react to braking, lane changing and other manoeuvres.

“The signs will, for example, reduce the number and severity of rear-end crashes,” Mr Dutton said.

Member for Murrumba Chris Whiting said motorists may notice the signs operating from Monday to Friday, between 5am and 9am if there was congestion.

“When no speed reductions are needed, the signs will display the default 100km/h speed limit,” Mr Whiting said.

“Variable Speed Limit Signs have been successful on roads and tunnels in Queensland's metropolitan areas including the Pacific, Ipswich, Gateway and Centenary motorways, as well as the Clem7 tunnel, so its great news for motorists on the Bruce.”

The $34.8 million Bruce Highway Managed Motorways Project is jointly funded on a 50:50 basis by the Australian and Queensland governments.