Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Bruce Highway to get smart with Intelligent Transport System infrastructure

Media Release

DC423/2017

13 December 2017

  • Funding announced for transport technology system on Bruce Highway
  • New system includes CCTV cameras, electronic signage and flood warning systems
  • Project will reduce crashes, delays and improve flood immunity

The Australian Government has approved funding for a $56 million Intelligent Transport System (ITS) to deliver a safety warning system along the length of the Bruce Highway—giving drivers immediate updates on the status of the road ahead.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester was joined by Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd and Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry to announce the system and said delays and associated safety issues along the corridor were a major cause of driver frustration.

“The warning system to be delivered thanks to this investment will create a much safer and more efficient highway and help reduce frustration by letting drivers know about lane closures, accidents, flooding or any other major delays on the highway,” Mr Chester said.

“The Bruce Highway is one of the busiest highways in Australia and this important investment in traffic and congestion management will help change lives and save lives.

“The ITS infrastructure will consist of 473 items, including CCTV cameras to identify and confirm traffic incidents, electronic signage and Bluetooth detection systems and flood warning mechanisms.

“As part of the joint $8.5 billion, 10 year Bruce Highway Upgrade Program, this project will also significantly improve flood monitoring, which means road closures can be better planned and drivers will have more information to help them choose the best route.”

Implementation of the ITS infrastructure is expected to begin late 2019 and be completed mid-2021.

The Bruce Highway Road Operations Improvements project is jointly funded with the Australian Government committing up to $44.8 million and the Queensland Government committing up to $11.2 million.

The 10 year Bruce Highway Upgrade Program is funded by the Australian and Queensland governments, with the Australian Government contributing up to $6.7 billion.