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 in Queensland, which will provide drivers with immediate updates on the status of the road ahead.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester was last week 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.