Craig Warhurst

Cameras to monitor highway

THE largest transport modelling exercise ever undertaken in the Gympie region is vital to planning the next stage of the major Bruce Highway upgrade between Cooroy and Curra, Mains Roads Minister Craig Wallace said.

“This modelling is part of the work on Section D (Keefton Road to Curra) of the upgrade to the Bruce Highway between Cooroy and Curra and will build on previous planning undertaken as part of this vital project,” he said.

“It is the largest transport modelling exercise ever in the Gympie area - roadside video cameras will be used to record traffic movements that will help to plan for the future Gympie bypass and the entire Gympie road network.’

Mr Wallace said all information collected by the 35 cameras would remain confidential.

“To be clear, these additional 35 cameras in and around Gympie are not speed cameras and will not be used in any way for law enforcement,” he said.

“The cameras look like a standard video camera attached to a vertical pole and will be installed at safe locations.

“The cameras will be set up at locations on the Bruce, Wide Bay and Burnett highways, plus various local connecting roads.

“Rubber traffic counters, which are laid across the road, will also be used in conjunction with some of the video cameras to provide an additional avenue for data collection.”

The cameras will be installed from tomorrow and will begin operating continuously for 72 hours on August 2, 3 and 4.

Weather or other major traffic incidences may extend the data collection period.

After the results of the survey are collated no identifiable number plate details or personal information will remain in the data when it is delivered to the department.

Mr Wallace said consulting firm Sinclair Knight Merz Pty Ltd had been awarded the contract to undertake this traffic modelling work.

“The cameras will capture thousands of vehicles over the three days and will record origin and destination data from travelling vehicles, which will be used to verify patterns of road network usage,” he said.

“This will give us a better understanding of traffic movements and the information will be used to plan the road network well into the future.

“Work, design and planning is pushing ahead on the multi-million dollar Bruce Highway upgrade from Cooroy to Curra and we continue to liaise with the federal department, local councils and our stakeholders about the project’s overall progress.”

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