Perth’s first Smart Freeway is officially open, with southern suburbs drivers on the Kwinana Freeway northbound the first to experience a faster, safer and more reliable journey.
The new smart technology allows Main Roads’ Network Operations Centre to actively manage the freeway in real time by controlling the flow of traffic, opening and closing traffic lanes, and adjusting speed limits when required.
The $56 million Smart Freeway project is expected to deliver a quicker and smoother journey between Roe Highway and the Narrows Bridge during the morning peak hour.
Historically, traffic entering the freeway from Canning Highway during peak periods was a major contributor to congestion.
By converting the existing emergency lane from Canning Highway to the Narrows Bridge into an additional traffic lane, this bottleneck is expected to ease.
New traffic signals have been installed on five northbound on-ramps from Farrington Road to Cranford Avenue.