Motorists on the M1 Monash Freeway will have a safer and more reliable journey from early Monday morning with the new Intelligent Transport System between High St, Glen Iris and Warrigal Rd, Chadstone being turned on.
The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments have completed the $19.7 million Monash Freeway Managed Motorway upgrade which includes new overhead electronic signs and closed circuit television cameras.
The overhead signs will help to advise drivers of when lanes are open and closed and allow for speed limits to be adjusted to suit traffic conditions.
The speed limit on this section of the Monash Freeway from High Street to Warrigal Road will remain at 100 kmh.
The CCTV cameras relay live traffic information to the VicRoads Traffic Management Centre allowing VicRoads to manage road works and respond more effectively to incidents, including crashes and broken down vehicles.
When an incident occurs lanes can be closed quickly and traffic can be routed to bypass the incident ensuring motorists will face less delays.
This upgrade will now allow motorists to drive from the M80 Ring Rd at Altona North in the west to Warrigal Rd, Chadstone in the east.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan
“This upgrade will improve traffic flow and safety for the more than 176,000 motorists who use the Monash Freeway each day.”
“The lane use management system means we can better manage the freeway network, meaning drivers spend less time in their cars and more time at home with their families.”
“By using the overhead signs and CCTV cameras, we can better monitor and manage congestion, road works and incidents, meaning road users will have a more reliable journey.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Infrastructure Warren Truss
“Motorists who travel on this section of the freeway have been constantly frustrated with congestion and delays on this important transport corridor, particularly during peak periods. “
“Regular users of the M1 would have noticed the work that’s been happening over the past few months, particularly the installation of four new gantries to hold the overhead signs.”
“As part of the managed motorway, drivers must obey and observe these overhead electronic signs for speed limits, incident information and lane availability.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020