West Gate to get new traffic management technology

New smart technology being installed on Melbourne's West Gate Freeway is promising to better manage traffic flows

June 19, 2013

New smart technology being installed on Melbourne’s West Gate Freeway is promising to better manage traffic flows.

The latest electronic freeway management technology is being installed along the freeway and is expected to be completed by the middle of next year.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says once operational, the technology will enable VicRoads to better manage traffic flow and respond quickly to accidents and breakdowns.

"The retrofitting of this technology will mean faster, safer and less frustrating driving conditions," Albanese says.

"Indeed if applied nationwide, electronic freeway management systems have the potential to greatly reduce congestion and save Australian families and businesses more than $500 million a year."

The system will be fully integrated with the one already in use on the M1 east of Williamstown Road, Victorian Roads Minister Terry Mulder says.

"The project will erect new signs to inform drivers which lanes they should use as well as alert them to temporary speed limit changes," Mulder says.

"Providing drivers with information on speed limit changes early helps reduce late decision-making and conflict on the road, making these roads even safer.

"It will also install closed circuit television and upgrade the supporting communication networks and central control systems."

The Federal and Victorian governments have each committed $12.5 million to the project.

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