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16 May 2017

Smart motorway planned for Western Australia

First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
In a bid to reduce high levels of congestion on the Kwinana Freeway near Perth in Western Australia, the government is planning to introduce a smart motorway by converting the emergency stopping lane to a full-time running lane.

The concept is similar to the smart motorways in use in the UK which use variable speed limits during busy times to manage congestion.

The US$25 million (AU$47 million) project is expected to start in 2018-2019 and will also include: in-road detectors and full CCTV coverage to provide information on traffic flow to the control centre; variable message signs to display open and closed lanes; and coordinated ramp signalling to balance traffic flows  on to the freeway.

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