The Australian Government will provide $56 million in funding for a Intelligent Transport System (ITS) along the length of the Bruce Highway in Queensland.

The ITS will deliver a safety warning system for drivers giving them immediate updates on the status of the road ahead.

The ITS infrastructure will consist of 473 items, including CCTV cameras to identify and confirm traffic incidents, electronic signage and Bluetooth detection systems, and flood warning mechanisms.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, said the warning system will create a safer and more efficient highway by letting drivers know about lane closures, accidents, flooding or any other major delays on the highway.

“The Bruce Highway is one of the busiest highways in Australia and this important investment in traffic and congestion management will help change lives and save lives,” Mr Chester said.

As part of the ten year Bruce Highway Upgrade Program, the project will also significantly improve flood monitoring, which will mean road closures can be better planned and drivers will have more information to help them choose the best route.

Implementation of the ITS infrastructure is expected to begin late 2019 and be completed mid-2021.

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