Bruce Highway’s $105M tech upgrade contract awarded

CALOUNDRA ROAD TO SUNSHINE MOTORWAY UPGRADE, PART OF QUEENSLAND’S BRUCE HIGHWAY UPGRADE PROJECT,The 60 kilometre stretch of the Bruce Highway in Queensland will be receiving a high-tech boost, with Seymour Whyte Constructions awarded to deliver the Bruce Highway Pine River to Caloundra Road Smart Motorways Stage Two project.

Jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments on an 80:20 split, the $105 million project will see the addition of ramp signals, variable speed limit and message signs, vehicle detection systems and CCTV cameras to proactively monitor and respond to changing road conditions such as crashes, wet weather or heavy traffic conditions in real time.

The project will further expand the network of Smart Motorways technology that has been operating on the Bruce Highway southbound between Uhlmann Road and the Pine River since 2015.

Smart Motorways technology manages traffic in real-time to reduce stop-start travel, improve safety, and offer more reliable travel times.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the project is part of the 15-year, $13 billion Bruce Highway Upgrade Program.

“As part of our commitment to improving the safety and performance of our national highways, the Australian Government is allocating $84 million towards installing this additional Smart Motorways technology along the Bruce Highway,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“Through our investment, motorists can expect to see improvements in safety, efficiency and reliability along this busy stretch.”

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the technology proved to be an effective safety device across the state.

“Smart Motorways technology gives drivers advance warning of congestion ahead and allows for speed limits and ramp signals to be changed remotely,” Mr Bailey said.

The business case for the project was completed in November 2020. Detailed design for the Smart Motorways Stage two project, was completed in August 2021.

As part of the detailed design phase, some early construction activities were undertaken including minor earthworks and some electrical works required for the installation of wireless traffic sensors (WTS) at selected locations on the Bruce Highway and at strategic locations on other parts of the adjoining network. These WTS use Bluetooth technology that anonymously identify individual cars as they pass a sensor location to monitor travel times, traffic flow and speed.  These additional sensors will provide the coverage and resolution necessary to accurately monitor the performance of the highway in real time.

Construction is due to commence in early 2022. Work is expected to be completed in 2024, weather and construction conditions permitting.


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