Permanent electronic message signs on Heathcote Road, Lucas Heights

Urban Roads Pinch Point Program, which aims to reduce congestion and improve travel times on Sydney’s busiest road corridors.

Updates and announcements

We are continuing work to install two permanent electronic message signs on Heathcote Road, Lucas Heights. We have previously notified of work up to Monday 13 March, 2017.

We have since updated the design to improve safety and create greater visibility for motorists and this has resulted in changes to the completion date of this work. The work will include installation of the electronic signs, installation of a safety guard rail and finalising the testing of the sign.

The work will take an extra eight shifts to complete between Tuesday 14 March and Friday 28 April, excluding weekends, weather permitting. Our working hours will be between 9pm and 5am. To minimise disruption to residents, businesses and road users, we will not work more than two nights in any week. We will also be working during the day between 7am and 5pm from Monday to Friday.

For more information, view or download the March 2017 Project Update.

Project background

Roads and Maritime sought feedback in November 2016 on a proposal to install two permanent electronic message signs on Heathcote Road, Lucas Heights.

The proposed locations for two permanent electronic message signs on Heathcote Road, included:

  • 375m north of the intersection of New Illawarra Road to provide eastbound road users with advance notice of planned and unplanned incidents on the Princes Highway
  • 235m south of the intersection of New Illawarra Road to provide westbound road users with advance notice of planned and unplanned incidents on the M5 Motorway.

How do message signs improve traffic flow?

There are more than 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 help road users make informed decisions about which route to take. Providing real-time updates on congestion, incidents and events at the right point on the road network helps improve traffic flow and travel times.

The TMC’s information on traffic conditions comes from a number of sources, including closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras at traffic lights.

For more information on our permanent electronic message signs, please visit our Roads and Maritime Services website and search on ‘electronic message signs’.

Community consultation

Roads and Maritime sought feedback from key stakeholders in November 2016 on a proposal to install two variable message signs (VMS’) on Heathcote Road, Lucas Heights. We thank everyone who took the time to consider the proposal and provide comments.

We received feedback from the Sutherland Shire Council supporting the proposal. After reviewing feedback, we have decided to proceed with the project without change.

What happens next?

The local community and key stakeholders will be kept informed of the progress of the project.

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