Something smart is coming to Perth’s northern suburbs

Mitchell Freeway southbound is getting closer to becoming a Smart Freeway.

Published: 16 April 2021, Updated: 16 April 2021

Three consortia have been shortlisted to submit design and construction proposals for the roll-out of smart technologies from Reid Highway to Vincent Street.

A consortia is where contractors come together with their resources and expertise to deliver a project.

Just like the recent roll-out along Kwinana Freeway northbound, the project will deliver:

Co-ordinated ramp signals

Operating when traffic volumes are high or when there’s an incident, co-ordinated ramp signals will make merging onto the freeway safer and easier.

They work like normal traffic lights, rotating between green-yellow-red, but change more quickly.

Overhead electronic signs

To keep traffic moving more smoothly and safely, overhead electronic signs will be installed above the lanes, displaying lane closures, speed limits and information relevant to your journey.

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Image: Illustration of Kwinana Northbound - Smart Freeways overhead electronic signs

We are also installing other smart features to help manage traffic and provide a safe space if you break down or are involved in an incident.

Once the technology is in place, we’re anticipating drivers will save an average of 7 minutes in morning peak from Hodges Drive to Vincent Street.

Construction will begin in early 2022 and will create more than 1,000 jobs.

Learn more and keep up to date of the latest information on our project page.

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