Intelligent transport signs ease traffic on Monash Freeway
14 August 2015
Joint release with:
Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports
Federal Member for Higgins
Intelligent transport signs were switched on today between High Street and Warrigal Road on the Monash Freeway to provide live updates to motorists about traffic conditions, travel times and delays.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project will deliver significant benefits to motorists.
“Motorists who travel on this section of the freeway are constantly frustrated with congestion and delays on this important transport corridor, particularly during peak periods,” Mr Truss said.
Federal Member for Higgins, Kelly O'Dwyer, said it was exciting to switch on the signs six months ahead of schedule, delivering benefits to motorists sooner than expected.
“The installation of these signs will create a more efficient freeway by allowing traffic to be managed in real time so accidents and breakdowns can be detected more quickly,” Ms O'Dwyer said.
“Signs will advise when a lane is open or closed and will allow for speed limits to be adjusted to suit upcoming traffic conditions.”
Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports Luke Donnellan said the project will improve traffic flow and safety for the more than 176,000 motorists who use the Monash Freeway each day.
“By using the overhead signs and CCTV cameras, we can better monitor and manage congestion, road works and incidents, meaning road users will have a more reliable journey,” Mr Donnellan said.
“The lane use management system lets us better manage the freeway network, meaning drivers spend less time in their cars and more time at home with their families. Motorists in Victoria are familiar with this technology, which is already installed from the M80 Ring Road to Clyde Road.”
The Australian Government contributed $9.9 million and the Victorian Government $9.9 million towards this $19.8 million project.