VARIABLE MESSAGE SIGNS WILL GUIDE THE WAY

VARIABLE MESSAGE SIGNS WILL GUIDE THE WAY

Posted on 12. Oct, 2010 in Clayton Update

Member for Clayton Hong Lim today announced the switch on of one of 13 new Variable Message Signs (VMS) at Blackburn Road, South of Ferntree Gully Road for northbound traffic as part of the Brumby Government’s $112.7 million plan to keep Melbourne moving.

Hong Lim said the $2.3 million project will help enhance VicRoads’ ability to deliver messages to drivers while they are on the road.

“These signs will allow us to instantly alert drivers to changed traffic conditions or incidents, providing road users with the opportunity to use an alternative route,” said Hong Lim.

These signs join other VMS boards helping to inform motorists across Melbourne on the approaches to the following locations:

Two signs at Kings Way at King Place for inbound traffic and outbound traffic.

Bell Street at Sydney Road for westbound traffic

Bell Street at Nicholson Street for westbound traffic 

Bell Street at Albert Street for westbound traffic       

Banksia Street at Rosanna Road for eastbound traffic

Kings Street at Dudley Street for southbound traffic

Victoria Parade at Hoddle Street for southbound traffic

Hoddle Street at Johnson Street for northbound traffic

Burwood Hwy at Middleborough Road for inbound traffic

Princes Hwy at Warrigal Road for inbound traffic

Blackburn Road, South of Ferntree Gully Road for northbound traffic

Burwood Hwy, east of Springvale Road for inbound traffic

The VMS signs are suspended above the road on mast arms and can display up to three lines of text, around 15 characters per line, with the ability for a number of pages to be displayed repeatedly.

Hong Lim said that should a crash, major event, incident or road closure occur, motorists will have up-to-date information allowing them to decide to take alternative routes.

“These new VMS signs will significantly enhance the ability to deliver messages to road users whilst travelling on arterial roads.  These signs are in addition to those we already have on major freeways.  They will improve the capacity to instantly advise motorists of changed traffic conditions or incidents so that they can select alternate routes or make appropriate travel choices,” Hong Lim said.

Part of the Brumby Government’s $112.7 million Keeping Melbourne Moving plan, this will significantly improve the delivery or real time messages to keep road uses informed of changed traffic conditions or incidents so that they are able to select alternative routes or make appropriate travel choices.

For further information about the project, or other Keeping Melbourne Moving initiatives please visit www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/kmm

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