Perth’s Smart Freeways switched on for quicker and smoother travel
Perth’s first Smart Freeway is officially open, with southern suburbs drivers on the Kwinana Freeway northbound the first to experience a faster, safer and more reliable journey.
The new smart technology allows Main Roads’ Network Operations Centre to actively manage the freeway in real time by controlling the flow of traffic, opening and closing traffic lanes, and adjusting speed limits when required.
The $56 million Smart Freeway project is expected to deliver a quicker and smoother journey between Roe Highway and the Narrows Bridge during the morning peak hour.
Historically, traffic entering the freeway from Canning Highway during peak periods was a major contributor to congestion. By converting the existing emergency lane from Canning Highway to the Narrows Bridge into an additional traffic lane, this bottleneck is expected to ease.
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the smart technology would help ease congestion, improve safety and productivity for people driving into the city south of Perth.
“As well as the long-term traffic benefits, the Morrison Government is prioritising WA’s economy and job creation in the west,” Mr Tudge said.
“The construction and commissioning of the Smart Freeway has injected much-needed funds into WA and generated 245 full-time jobs.”
Western Australian Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said the opening of the Smart Freeway project, along with a number of other completed projects on Kwinana Freeway northbound, will see significant improvements in journey times from Rowley Road to the Narrows Bridge.
“The Smart Freeway Project itself is expected to save time and create a smoother drive for motorists from Roe Highway to the Narrows Bridge,” Ms Saffioti said.
“This is the first time we have used this technology in WA and I thank everyone in advance for their patience while we get used to this new system.
“These works complement the other major transport infrastructure projects we have underway in our southern suburbs including the Thornlie-Cockburn Link and the North Lake Road bridge.”
Federal Member for Swan Steve Irons said new traffic signals have been installed on five northbound on-ramps from Farrington Road to Cranford Avenue.
“These will help manage stop/start conditions on the freeway improving congestion and make merging easier and safer during busy periods,” Mr Irons said.
The project is jointly funded by the Australian and State governments with the Commonwealth providing the majority funding.
Mr Tudge – Michael Bennett 0434 782 923
Ms Saffioti – Caitlin Goddard 0437 234 249