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Department of Transport and Main Roads

Smart Motorways

What are Smart Motorways? 

Smart Motorways are a smart infrastructure solution. They use integrated technologies for proactive, real-time management of the road network.

Smart Motorways technologies currently used on Queensland roads include:

  • Lane Use Management Signs
  • Ramp signalling
  • Variable Speed Limit Signs
  • Variable Message Signs
  • Closed Circuit Television
  • Vehicle detectors
  • Road weather monitoring stations. 

Read more about Smart Motorways technologies.

Benefits of Smart Motorways

Smart Motorways technologies work in a proactive, coordinated way to:

  • improve safety and incident management
  • reduce stop-start travel
  • provide more predictable travel times for road users
  • provide real time traveller information to inform road users
  • reduce overall vehicle emissions.

These technologies collect information about traffic conditions and send to Traffic Management Centres.  The analysis of this real-time traffic data means proactive measures to reduce the impact of traffic congestion to road users can be carried out.

By using smart technologies to proactively manage our motorways, we are making the most of Queensland's existing motorway network and improving safety and reliability. 

Queensland's Smart Motorways

Smart Motorways technologies are used on some of our busiest motorways. They are currently in place on the following motorways:

  • Bruce Highway
  • Centenary Motorway
  • Cunningham Highway
  • Gateway Motorway
  • Ipswich Motorway
  • Logan Motorway
  • Pacific Motorway
  • Port of Brisbane Motorway
  • Sunshine Motorway
  • Ted Smout Bridge/Houghton Highway
  • Warrego Highway
  • Western Freeway

With evolving smart technologies and a growing population, the department is progressively rolling out Smart Motorways technologies on our road network to keep Queenslanders moving.

Last updated 15 April 2024