Perth Smart Freeway
Client: SmartWays Alliance
Owner: Main Roads
Site Location: Various sites on Kwinana Freeway, Perth
Completed: July 2020
Project Manager: Joseph Arrigo
Onsite Manager: Thang Ho
Special Project Achievements:
Meeting incredibly tight time-frames and deadlines, whilst ensuring a high quality and standard of work completed.
Collaboration with other companies and contractors.
Exceeding client expectations.
Quality Standards Applicable:
S009 Cabling standards
Specific OH & S Requirements:
Traffic and Pedestrian Management (including working alongside Freeway traffic).
Lightspeed is proud to have partnered with the SmartWays Alliance to deliver Main Roads’ Perth Smart Freeway, the first of its kind for Western Australia’s road network.
The project features improved lane-use management, variable speed limits, Automatic Incident Detection systems, comprehensive CCTV coverage and coordinated ramp signals to provide safe and more effective travel on the Kwinana Freeway (from Farrington Road to Perth CBD).
The state-of-the-art project features improved lane-use management, variable speed limits, Automatic Incident Detection systems, comprehensive CCTV coverage and coordinated ramp signals to reduce congestion, improve travel times and provide safe, reliable travel on the Kwinana Freeway (from Farrington Road to Perth CBD).
The project has taken inspiration and expertise from similar intelligent transport systems across the country and the UK and is designed to save up to 10 minutes in travel time for those traveling northbound from Roe Highway to the Narrows. This important project forms part of the federal and statement government’s $2.3 billion ‘boosting jobs, busting congestion package’.
Over 800 individual technology components are used to monitor traffic congestion, accidents and incidents, relaying the data in real time back to the Main Roads’ Road Network Operation Centre. The above lane speed signs display on 12 overhead gantries, between the Mt Henry bridge to the Narrows, alerting drivers to lane closures, change in speed limits and incidents ahead.
As described in a Channel Seven News exclusive report, a lot of the technology crucial to making this project work is buried beneath the bitumen – fibre optic cable linking it all together. This is precisely where Lightspeed came in.
Working with complex cabling designs, Lightspeed spliced, connected and tested close to 2000 cores of the fibre optic cable from end to end, ensuring a strong connectivity on all links.
Lightspeed was recommended by governing bodies for this project as it needed a company with the ability to work on live, critical, complex fibre optic networks; with staffing capability and skill to deliver an incredibly large work package, with certainty, within a tight time frame.
Coming into this project recently with fresh eyes allowed Lightspeed to easily identify any pre-existing or potential issues on the network. Our staff expertise was then utilised (and greatly appreciated) to rectify these issues immediately to a very high standard.
Lightspeed stepped up to help complete this project by the required deadlines and ensure the commissioning and operation was able to go ahead as planned. Our staff worked tirelessly over their normal hours, weekends, public holidays and several 15-hour plus shutdowns to deliver these results under challenging conditions.
Over the course of this project, Lightspeed had to work in with several other companies and contractors. With a professional approach, Lightspeed ensured the overall goal of project completion was always focused on by all parties and worked towards every day.
Due to the high speed and intensity of the project Lightspeed updated the client daily with reports of what was achieved, keeping everyone on track and on the same page.
For more on this project, see Main Roads’ Smart Freeways website.