Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) has been given the job of identifying and assessing the design and environmental issues associated with retrofitting the M4 Motorway with the latest technology for tackling congestion.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said an electronic freeway management system along the full length of this vital part of Sydney's road network would give authorities the tools to better manage traffic flows as well as respond quickly to accidents and breakdowns.
“It would also deliver real time information to motorists, allowing them to better plan their journeys and avoid frustrating delays,” said Mr Albanese.
“This technology is all about getting the most out of the infrastructure we already have, which in the longer term can be a far smarter and cheaper option than simply building more and bigger roads. But to unlock its full potential we need to get the planning right from the outset—and that's precisely what we are doing.”
Mr Gay said the $3.7 million contract that's been awarded to SKM is being funded by both the Federal and NSW governments on a 50-50 basis.
“An M4 electronic freeway management system could consist of variable speed limit signs; entry ramp signalling; CCTVs; digital message signs providing live updates on traffic conditions and delays; and signs advising drivers of lane and speed restrictions,” said Mr Gay.
“As well as being good for taxpayers, this technology will deliver faster, safer and less frustrating driving conditions for the 115,000 motorists and truck drivers who use the M4 every day.”
The concept design along with the environmental assessments will go on public display from community feedback once they are completed in 2014.