West Gate Freeway managed motorway project

The $25 million West Gate Freeway Managed Motorway (WGMM) Project was funded by the Federal ($12.5 million) and Victorian ($12.5 million) Governments as part of the National Managed Motorways Program (External link).

Project summary

The project upgraded the electronic freeway management system along the West Gate Freeway (M1) between Williamstown Road and the M80 Ring Road.

The Intelligent Transport System (ITS) was upgraded to:

  • better manage traffic flow
  • improve reliability and safety
  • create a smarter road.

The project was completed in early 2014.

Features

  • Overhead lane use signs to advise drivers of which lanes to use and that allow for speeds to be adjusted to suit conditions
  • Closed circuit television cameras
  • An upgrade of supporting telecommunications networks

Benefits

  • More efficient freeway management processes, including faster clearance of accidents and broken down vehicles
  • Full integration with the ITS on the M80 Ring Road and M1 east of Williamstown Road, resulting in improved connectivity between these networks by providing a continuous managed freeway
  • Provides a safer and more reliable journey. 

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