Alannah MacTiernan

Alannah MacTiernan

Minister for Planning and Infrastructure

    Seven Variable Message Signs to be installed on our freeways

    18/07/2008 12:00 AM

    Main Roads WA will be able to keep traffic flowing on the Kwinana and Mitchell Freeways, with the installation of seven new electronic signs currently underway.


    Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the Variable Message Signs (VMS) will enable Main Roads to better respond to incidents, maintain traffic flow and improve reliability and predictability on the freeway network.


    “Four large signs are being installed on the Mitchell Freeway near Whitfords Avenue, Warwick Road, Erindale Road and Hutton Street,” Ms MacTiernan said.


    “Three more are proposed on Kwinana Freeway near South Terrace, Berrigan Drive and Rowley Road.”


    The project is part of Main Roads’ Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Strategy and is also part of a larger project to install a Freeway Management System over a number of years, which will enable Main Roads to monitor the Perth freeway system’s performance, manage incidents and provider traveller information services.


    The Minister said that the burst water main incident in South Perth in May 2005 caused flooding on the Kwinana Freeway during peak hours, resulting in congestion problems never before seen in Perth.


    “The May 13 event demonstrated the severe impact that incidents occurring on the freeway can have on Perth’s road users and economy,” she said.


    “The necessity of having the technologies available to the public in the event of such major incidents is evident, and the installation of VMS can help manage road congestion in the event of similar incidents.”


    The VMS project will provide the Main Roads Traffic Operations Centre with an incident management tool, while also providing motorists with roadwork notices and safety messages. In the future, the signs will be able to provide information such as travel times and travel speeds.


    The installation of the signs should be completed by October 2008.


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