Kennedy Highway (Cairns - Mareeba), Kuranda Range, Intelligent Transport System

Installation of additional Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) treatments on Kuranda Range Road is underway. The ITS treatments will make it quicker and easier to manage incidents and reduce the risk of crashes.

Various ITS stations will be installed between Smithfield and Rainforestation Nature Park. The ITS stations will complement the existing variable message signs on the approaches to Kuranda Range Road.

Benefits

  • Improves safety
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth

Key features

  • The ITS stations will be equipped with roadside data systems and signs that can display variable speed limits.
  • The ITS stations will allow rapid detection and management of incidents on Kuranda Range Road. It is expected that the treatments will reduce incidents and shorten the length of time for closures of the road, improving trip reliability.
  • The ITS stations will also provide real-time information about road surface conditions. When sections of the road are slippery due to wet weather, the speed limit for these sections will be remotely adjusted, making it safer for motorists.
  • The project will not increase capacity on Kuranda Range Road.

Funding

This project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments on an 80:20 basis. Investment ID: 1608296

Total investment
$30 million
Australian Government
$24 million
Queensland Government
$6 million

Current status

We are currently undertaking early works that include the installation of conduits to provide power to the proposed ITS stations.

Due to the challenging construction environment, TMR will deliver the project within the existing road footprint.

Project map

Map of Kuranda Range section of the Kennedy Highway where the intelligent transport system stations will be installed between Smithfield and Rainforestation