'Smart' on-ramp signals to ease Bruce Highway congestion
18 September 2015
Joint release with:
Queensland Minister for Main Roads,
Road Safety and Ports
Federal Member for Longman
Federal Member for Petrie
Federal Member for Dickson
Ramp signals and electronic communications installed on the Bruce Highway between Caboolture and the Pine River will improve traffic flows at key congestion points when they are activated next week.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the new signals used smart technology to detect and manage vehicle merge sections of the highway.
“The $34.8 million Bruce Highway Managed Motorways project is part of the Australian Government's action plan to fix the Bruce Highway, and includes a suite of smart technologies to maximise capacity in peak periods, improve travel times and enhance driver safety,” Mr Truss said.
Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said the ramp signals will play the same role as traffic lights, but only operate during high-demand periods.
“Signals will control the number of vehicles entering the highway from the Dohles Rocks Road, Anzac Avenue, Boundary Road, Deception Bay Road and Uhlmann Road on-ramps,” Mr Bailey said.
“The ramp signals will only operate during times of high-demand periods such as the morning peak.”
Member for Longman Wyatt Roy said the new technology meant less time on the road for residents and more time spent at work or home.
“Congestion not only costs commuters time with their families, it also has significant costs for our freight industry. Keeping the Bruce Highway moving is a key part of improving local lifestyles and boosting the local economy,” Mr Roy said.
Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth said the signals were an interim solution to traffic congestion.
“They will certainly help reduce stop-start travel and manage congestion on the Bruce Highway between the Gateway Motorway and Caboolture until longer-term solutions are implemented,” Mr Howarth said.
Federal Member for Dickson Peter Dutton said there would be a ‘settling in’ period while motorists adjusted to the new technology.
“During the first few months of operation, some modifications may be needed for timing and coordination. Further project works on the Bruce Highway between Caboolture and the Pine River will be investigated early next year.”
The $34.8 million project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Government on a 50:50 basis.