Arup alliance awarded WA’s first Smart Freeway project
ITS (UK) member Arup together with BMD Constructions and Ventia, as the SmartWays Alliance, have been awarded the $47million Smart Freeways – Kwinana Northbound project in Perth, Western Australia.
The first smart freeway development in Western Australia will see an additional 10 km lane from Canning Highway to the Narrows Bridge completed by early 2020.
When complete, smart technology will open and close traffic lanes in the event of an incident and adjust speed limits to get more through traffic during busy periods. The project is intended to increase road capacity by 33%, adjusting speed limits based on traffic demands in congested periods, to provide improved journey times for residents in Perth’s southern suburbs.
Arup will be delivering the design of intelligent transport systems (ITS) for all lanes running, lane use signage and coordinated ramp signals. The company’s strong track record in the smarter mobility will see the Kwinana Northbound Freeway with improved efficiency driven by operational needs and user requirements.
Arup’s transport engineering specialists will spaceproof a constrained brownfield corridor and visualise the infrastructure by harnessing the digital engineering capability – the approach used to envisage the outcomes, assess and test the design prior to the start of construction.
In addition, the company will also deliver the Operational Readiness Activation and Transition (ORAT) services to facilitate a seamless transition to traffic operations.