Highway to dan­ger zone

Im­prov­ing driver ex­pe­ri­ence

The Northern Star - - NEWS - Jas­mine Burke Jas­mine.Burke@north­ern­star.com.au

MO­TORISTS can en­joy faster travel times along the Wool­go­olga to Bal­lina Pa­cific Highway stretch, with the im­ple­men­ta­tion of 24 elec­tronic vari­able speed limit signs.

The three and a half kilo­me­tre sec­tion south of Broad­wa­ter will have a speed limit in­creased to 100km/h when works are not be­ing car­ried out.

The new signs in the tem­po­rary work zones aim to im­prove road users ex­pe­ri­ence by re­duc­ing de­lays, help­ing driv­ers adapt their speed to con­di­tions and im­prov­ing safety for road users and con­struc­tion work­ers.

New South Wales Min­is­ter for Roads, Mar­itime and Freight Melinda Pavey, along­side New South Wales Mem­ber for Clarence Chris Gu­lap­tis vis­ited Broad­wa­ter yes­ter­day to make the switch to the speed limit signs for the first time.

“Re­in­stat­ing the highway speed lim­its in out of work hours would im­prove re­li­a­bil­ity and ef­fi­ciency, which is key for the freight and lo­gis­tics in­dus­try,” Mrs Pavey said.

“The new trailer-mounted elec­tronic speed limit signs will also im­prove worker safety by al­ter­ing speed lim­its re­motely, re­mov­ing the need to change signs man­u­ally.

“(It takes) the stress out of peo­ple’s lives.

“This is our bit to say we un­der­stand those frus­tra­tions, and we’re us­ing tech­nol­ogy at its finest.”

Mr Gu­lap­tis said RMS was work­ing with the project team to im­ple­ment a num­ber of traf­fic man­age­ment ini­tia­tives along the 155km up­grade to pro­vide safer and more ef­fi­cient jour­neys while work is car­ried out.

“If suc­cess­ful the signs could be rolled out at other work sites across the up­grade and on other road work zones across New South Wales,” Mr Gu­lap­tis said.

As the last sec­tion of the highway to be com­pleted, he said “we are see­ing the ben­e­fits of all the in­no­va­tion and all the op­por­tu­ni­ties that the highway brings to re­gional ar­eas”.

The signs will be con­trolled re­motely from Syd­ney ini­tially, with speed lim­its of 60km/h or 80km/h dur­ing con­struc­tion work hours.

The signs come as dis­rup­tion to road users in­crease; 62% of the Pa­cific Highway along this stretch is im­pacted by con­struc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties and the up­grade is due to open by 2020.

PHOTO: JAS­MINE BURKE

SWITCHED: It’s all sys­tems go for new elec­tronic speed limit signs on the Wool­go­olga-Bal­lina sec­tion of the Pa­cific Highway up­grade.

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