The rollout of Smart Motorways technology on the Bruce Highway between the Pine River and Caloundra Road is now one step closer, with Seymour Whyte Constructions awarded the contract for construction.
The $105 million Bruce Highway Pine River to Caloundra Road Smart Motorways Stage 2 project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments on an 80:20 split, with the Australian Government contributing $84 million and the Queensland Government contributing $21 million.
The technology includes 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.
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.
“This project builds on the network of Smart Motorways technology already delivered on the Bruce Highway southbound between the Pine River and Uhlmann Road as part of the Smart Motorways Stage 1 project in 2015.
“Not only are we improving safety for drivers on Queensland’s busiest highway, but we’re creating about 140 direct jobs at a time when they are needed most.”
Federal Member for Dickson Peter Dutton said the project is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to improving the safety and performance of national highways.
“Our $84 million commitment towards smart highways technology will help reduce traffic congestion and improve safety on the Bruce,” Mr Dutton said.
Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting said wireless traffic sensors would be installed at priority locations along the 60-kilometre stretch to monitor vehicle travel times, traffic flow and speed.
“When installed, these traffic sensors will provide the coverage and resolution necessary to accurately monitor the highway’s performance in real time,” Mr Bancroft said.
“This technology will improve safety, reduce stop-start travel and importantly, provide more predictable travel times for motorists.”
Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth said the project is an important investment for communities north of Brisbane.
“Through our investment, motorists can expect to see improvements in safety, efficiency and reliability along this busy stretch,” Mr Howarth said.
Member for Kurwongbah Shane King said Seymour Whyte Constructions was planning the construction program, with work to begin early this year (2022).
“Due to the high volumes of highway traffic, the majority of work will be undertaken at night to minimise disruptions to motorists,” Mr King said.
“Traffic controllers, reduced speed limits and signs will be in place to ensure the safety of road workers and motorists.”
Federal Member for Longman Terry Young said this is another example of the Australian Government’s record $110 billion infrastructure investment program in action.
“By investing in a safer, more efficient Bruce Highway, we are helping to connect communities and improve safety, while creating jobs and supporting our economic recovery,” Mr Young said.
Member for Pumicestone Ali King thanked the community for their patience during construction.
“I encourage locals to drive to the conditions during construction, which is expected to be completed in 2024,” Ms King said.
Work is expected to be completed in 2024, weather and construction conditions permitting.
The $105 million Bruce Highway Pine River to Caloundra Road Smart Motorways Stage 2 project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments, with the Australian Government contributing $84 million and the Queensland Government contributing $21 million.