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Sunshine Motorway (between Tanawha Tourist Drive and Kawana Way): Variable Speed Limit signs

Overview:

A series of electronic Variable Speed Limit (VSL) signs will soon begin operating on the Sunshine Motorway, between Tanawha Tourist Drive and Kawana Way.

Location:

Sunshine Motorway.

Benefits:
  • Safety will be improved by reducing the speed differences between vehicles, minimising lane changing and braking caused by speed differences, and increasing the time for drivers to react to changing conditions.
  • Crash risk will be reduced by reducing the likelihood and severity of rear-end crashes.
Funding:

$2.4 million State Government.

Regions:
North Coast Region

Project info

Variable Speed Limit (VSL) signs will begin operating on the Sunshine Motorway eastbound lanes between Tanawha Tourist Drive and Kawana Way in early October 2016.

The electronic signs will be used to display reduced speed limits in response to changing road conditions such as traffic congestion, incidents or bad weather. They aim to improve safety and reduce the crash risk by adjusting the speed limit to suit the road conditions, encouraging motorists to drive at speeds appropriate to the conditions.

How it works

Live traffic conditions will be monitored via CCTV cameras and in-pavement vehicle detectors, and changes to the speed limit will be made as needed. For example, the signs will be used if congestion is approaching, or occurs, during the weekday morning peak period.

If congestion is imminent, the signs will reduce the speed limit to 80km/h. If congestion occurs and vehicle speeds drop to below 80km/h, the signs may reduce the speed limit to 60km/h. The speed limit will be reduced in 20km/h increments to slow vehicles down safely in advance of congestion. When no speed reductions are needed, the signs will display the default 100km/h speed limit.

Timeframes

The VSL signs are due to start operating on Tuesday 4 October 2016. For the first week, the signs will display the default speed of 100km/h to allow the system to be assessed. After this, the signs are expected to begin full operations.

Contact details

Email: northcoast@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: 07 5451 7055

Community info

Video 

Watch a video about how the VSL signs works.

Fact sheets 

View a fact sheet about the start of VSL operations.

Layout

View a layout to see the locations of the VSL and associated electronic communications technology.

Last updated
24 August 2017