M4 Smart Motorway project delivers a faster and more reliable trip
The $470 million M4 smart motorway project will be a game changer for the thousands of motorists who travel along the motorway.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the 35 kilometre upgrade along the existing M4 Motorway is incorporating new technologies designed to create a better travelling experience for motorists.
“We’re giving a motorway a brain to assist with traffic flow, reducing traffic incidents and providing faster travel times between Pitt Street at Mays Hill and Russell Street at Lapstone,” Mrs Pavey said.
Minister for Western Sydney and Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres announced the contract has been awarded to carry out work on the second and third stages of the project.
“This will make a massive difference to Western Sydney. Under this project, the M4 will be widened to four lanes in each direction between Roper Road and the M7 which will mean a faster and more reliable journey for thousands of motorists,” Mr Ayres said.
The technology to be installed on the 35 kilometres between Mays Hill and Lapstone will include traffic sensors every 500 metres, quick-changing ramp signals, and it will allow lanes to be closed in response to accidents.
Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies said the smart motorway technology will be complemented with infrastructure such as extended and widened exit and entry ramps.
“Widening the M4 to four lanes between the M7 and Roper Road, and new maintenance bays will keep slow vehicles off the main motorway at key sections,” Mrs Davies said.
Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said work will also be carried out to install ramp meters and ramp control signs at The Northern Road, Kent Street and Mamre Road interchanges.
“Investigation work will be carried out on the existing motorway until Friday 1 May in preparation for major work to start on Stages 2 and 3,” Mr Lee said.
Work on Stage 2 will start Monday, April 16 and is expected to be completed by 2020.