Kennards Hire operates specialist traffic equipment branches right across Australia.
The M80 Ring Road Upgrade aims to improve the 38km Western and Metropolitan Ring Roads from the Princes Freeway at Laverton North to the Greensborough Highway at Greensborough.
Kennards’ traffic management hire centre in Melbourne has supplied several of the VMS units being used by the Tulla Sydney Alliance, the contractors completing the first section of the upgrade between east of Calder Freeway and Sydney Road.
The Alliance is a partnership between VicRoads, Thiess, Parsons Brinkerhoff and Hyder.
Since the Alliance’s own fleet of remote controlled, full colour VMS units were all in use, Traffic Superintendent Jason Bond called upon Kennards to supply them with the extra units.
High visibility variable message signs are controlled from a centralised location remotely. The remote-controlled VMS units are used to advise motorists of speed limits and changes in traffic conditions during the course of the upgrade project.
Mr Bond says that the variable message signs are state-of-the-art best practice for the industry, similar in concept to Freeway Management System displays. A key advantage is that the safety message signs do not have the saturation coverage of amber coloured signs and can capture the attention of motorists.
“Safety is of paramount importance to the Alliance, and the quicker and more effectively we can get information to motorists the better.”
The $2.25 billion M80 Ring Road Upgrade project is jointly funded by the State and Federal Governments. The scope of work involves laying three lanes in both directions for the entire length, additional lanes between some interchanges and installation of electronic systems to manage traffic flow.
The upgrade will enhance safety, ease congestion, reduce travel times and improve reliability on one of Melbourne’s key transport corridors.
Work on the first section of the M80 Ring Road Upgrade is expected to be complete by the end of 2012.
Kennards Hire has opened new traffic equipment branches in NSW, Queensland and Western Australia in addition to existing operations in South Australia and Victoria, which were launched last year.