Smart start for Bruce Highway technologies
Published Tuesday, 12 July, 2022 at 01:00 PM
Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey
Additional Smart Motorways technology on the Bruce Highway has started rolling out between the Pine River and Caloundra Road.
Traffic management technologies will be installed along a 60-kilometre stretch.
Ramp signals, variable speed limit and message signs, vehicle detection systems and CCTV cameras will allow agencies to proactively monitor and respond to changing conditions such as crashes, wet weather or heavy traffic conditions in real time.
Targeted vegetation clearing, site establishment, investigative works and earthworks will also be occurring at various locations along the project corridor.
Preparations are currently underway around Caboolture-Bribie Island Road to widen the southbound entry ramp to the Bruce Highway and install a suite of technologies including ramp signalling, variable speed limit signs and a new shared path across the highway.
The project will install wireless traffic sensors at priority locations along the highway to monitor vehicle travel times, traffic flow and speed. These traffic sensors will provide the coverage and resolution necessary to accurately monitor the highway’s performance in real time.
Due to the high traffic volumes, most work will be carried out at night to minimise disruptions.
Traffic controllers, reduced speed limits and signs will be in place to ensure the safety of road workers and motorists.
Works are expected to be completed in 2024, weather and construction conditions permitting.
The $105 million Bruce Highway – Managed Motorways Stage 2 – Gateway Motorway to Caloundra Road Interchange project is jointly funded on an 80:20 basis by the Australian and Queensland governments.
For more information on the project, visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au/projects/bruce-highway-pine-river-to-caloundra-road-smart-motorways-stage-2.
Quotes attributable to Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King:
“As part of our commitment to improving the safety and performance of our national highways, the Australian Government has allocated $84 million towards this project, which is part of the 15-year, $13 billion Bruce Highway Upgrade Program.
“Through our investment, motorists can expect to see improvements in safety, efficiency and reliability along this busy stretch.
“Resilient and reliable transport is the backbone of the nation – delivering this type of infrastructure creates jobs, builds opportunity and unlocks economic growth and productivity.”
Quotes attributable to Deputy Premier and Member for Murrumba Steven Miles:
“It’s great to work with the Albanese Government to deliver this $105 million project for the people of Murrumba.
“This technology will significantly improve the reliability of travel times on the stretch through to Caloundra Road, making it easier for locals to travel.
“The Palaszczuk Government is delivering for Queenslanders on the road and rail and nowhere is that more evident that on the Bruce Highway.”
Quotes attributable to Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey:
“Our investment in new technologies is keeping cars moving right across the state.
“This next stage will expand on the success of the program between Pine Rivers and Uhlmann Road by continuing through to Caloundra Road.
“Not only will this help Queenslanders get home safer and sooner, but we’re also supporting 140 good Queensland jobs which is fantastic news as our economy continues to boom.”
Quotes attributable to Federal Assistant Minister for Regional Development, Anthony Chisholm:
"This is really welcomed news for people living across Caboolture, Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast.
"We know how important the Bruce Highway is to these communities. The upgrades will improve their journeys and commutes, allowing people to travel safely and more reliably across the region.
"These upgrades as part of the $13bn Bruce Highway Upgrade Program shows the commitment of the Albanese Government to deliver the infrastructure this growing region needs.
"It's great to see the State and Federal Government working together to deliver for Queensland”.
Quotes attributable to State Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting:
“We announced another blockbuster budget for Queensland, and it shows we are backing the Bruce right up the coast.
“Record investments across the board, and especially in new technologies like our Smart Motorways which will help to reduce time spent stuck in traffic.”
Quotes attributable to State Member for Kurwongbah Shane King:
“This system has been a great success in places like the M1, the Gateway Motorway and here on the Bruce Highway.
“The installation complements the other works taking place right now, like the Deception Bay interchange upgrade and widening works right through from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast.”
Quotes attributable to State Member for Pumicestone Ali King:
“Locals will have noticed the work underway to widen Caboolture-Bribie Island Road where these technologies will be installed.
“I appreciate the patience of drivers while this work is happening and look forward to seeing it in operation in the future.”
Quotes attributable to State Member for Caloundra Jason Hunt:
“Better reliability on the Bruce means locals will spend less time stuck in traffic and more time with family and friends enjoying the great Queensland lifestyle.
“I’m proud to see this work underway to the benefit of Caloundra locals.”
MINISTER KING – Nick Beaver - 0419 709 266
MINISTER BAILEY – Courtney Thompson - 0433 585 570