Get There Faster On Managed Motorway

15:05' 04-07-2018
Smart technology, installed on the newly upgraded Tullamarine Freeway, Monash Freeway and M80 Ring Road, will better manage traffic, improve incident response times and move more people.

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    Overhead gantries, road sensors and traffic monitoring cameras have been installed on more than 150 kilometres of freeways. They will link in with technology already in use on sections of the West Gate Freeway, CityLink and the M1.

    Freeway-to-freeway ramp signals have been operating successfully for six months on the exit ramp from the Bolte Bridge heading to the Burnley Tunnel, allowing an extra 500 cars an hour to get through during peak times. This has shortened queue lengths by up to two kilometres, and reduced nose-to-tail crashes by 80%.

    An average 8am trip on the Tullamarine Freeway between Melbourne Airport and Bolte Bridge used to take nearly half an hour, but now takes just over 16 minutes. With the introduction of new lanes, average speeds have increased from 41 km/h to 74 km/h.

    As part of the Monash Freeway Upgrade, 34 new overhead gantries, 336 new electronic signs, eight variable messaging signs and seven signalised on-ramps are being rolled out. Ramp signals, already in operation on other sections of the Monash Freeway for more than a decade, have seen average speeds increase by up to 20km/h and a 30% reduction in the casualty crash rate.

    The overhead gantries, lane use and dynamic speed signs help keep traffic moving safely around incidents, preventing the network from grinding to a halt because of one break down.

    Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan, said, “Freeways are just seven percent of our road network, but they carry almost half of all traffic.”

    The extension of the managed motorway system will be rolled out progressively over the coming months, starting on the Monash Freeway.

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