New electronic speed limit signs for Pacific Highway
15 September 2017
Joint release with:
NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
Federal Member for Page
NSW Member for Clarence
New electronic speed signs are now in place on the Pacific Highway south of Broadwater, New South Wales, with the traffic management initiative set to improve safety while reducing delays.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the initiative was being rolled out as part of works on the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway upgrade.
“These new electronic speed limit signs will help drivers adapt their speed to conditions, improving safety as we continue to save lives through regional Australia's largest road infrastructure project,” Mr Chester said.
New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey, alongside New South Wales Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis, today visited Broadwater to make the switch to the speed limit signs for the first time.
“Reinstating the highway speed limits in out of work hours would improve reliability and efficiency, which is key for the freight and logistics industry. The new trailer-mounted electronic speed limit signs will also improve worker safety by altering speed limits remotely, removing the need to change signs manually,” Mrs Pavey said.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said reducing delays caused by manual adjustment of the signs would also be welcome news to motorists.
“The usual highway speed limit will be reinstated at some locations out of work hours to provide more consistent and appropriate speed zones, helping our freight and logistics industry and saving drivers' time where safe to do so,” Mr Hogan said.
Mr Gulaptis said RMS was working with the project team to implement a number of traffic management initiatives along the 155-kilometre upgrade to provide safer and more efficient journeys while work is carried out.
“If successful, the signs could be rolled out at other work sites across the upgrade and on other road work zones across New South Wales,” Mr Gulaptis said.
The signs will initially be controlled from Sydney in consultation with the Grafton Traffic Management Centre. However, in the future, the St Helena Tunnel command centre will take over operations.
The upgrade, which is due to open by 2020, is being funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments on an 80:20 basis. For more information about the project and to keep up to date, visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/northern-nsw/woolgoolga-to-ballina/index.html.