Permanent electronic message sign on Pacific Highway, Gordon

The NSW Government is funding a project to install a permanent electronic message sign as part of its $300 million Urban Roads Pinch Point Program, which aims to reduce congestion and improve travel time on Sydney’s busiest road corridors.

Updates and announcements

In July 2017, Roads and Maritime Services finished installing a permanent electronic message sign on Pacific Highway, near Merriwa Street. As part of this work, we relocated a directional sign from the side of the road to the centre median island on Pacific Highway. Temporary safety barriers were installed around the directional sign and we will now return to site to install a permanent safety barrier. We will be on site to do the work for eight shifts between Thursday, 23 November and Friday, 15 December, weather permitting. Our work hours will be between 9pm and 5am from Sunday to Friday.

For more information, please view the November 2017 Project Update (PDF, 899Kb) or the April 2017 Community Consultation Report (PDF, 2.6Mb).

Project Background

Roads and Maritime is installing a permanent electronic message sign as part of its $300 million Urban Roads Pinch Point Program, which aims to reduce congestion and improve travel time on Sydney’s busiest road corridors.

There are about 200 permanent electronic message signs throughout NSW. They are programmed by the Transport Management Centre (TMC), which manages and monitors the road network 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

We place electronic message signs before key journey decision points to provide real-time updates to road users. This allows them to make more informed decisions about their route and can improve travel time by giving them the right information at the right point on the network so they can avoid delays.

Project features

The sign would provide northbound road users with advance notice of planned and unplanned incidents on Mona Vale Road, Ryde Road, Bobbin Head Road, Kissing Point Road and Eastern Road.

Community engagement

Roads and Maritime sought community feedback in December 2016. We received comments from eight people, raising 15 different matters. There were five people who supported the proposal and three that did not. Key points raised included support for the proposal, the visual impact of the sign, and that the sign would distract northbound motorists and prevent exit and entry from Merriwa Street onto the Pacific Highway.

What happens next?

We have finished installing the sign and will now return to site to complete installation of a safety barrier around a directional sign. The directional sign was relocated from the corner of Merriwa Street and Pacific Highway to make space for the new permanent electronic message sign.

We will be on site for eight shifts between Thursday, 23 November and Friday, 15 December, weather permitting. Our work hours will be between 9pm and 5am from Sunday to Friday.

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