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School students can meet the experts making New Zealand’s first smart motorway. This will reduce congestion by carefully controlling the flow of vehicles. As the volume of traffic increases, the smart motorway automatically adjusts the speed limit to reduce congestion.
The aim is to help drivers get to where they're going safely, more quickly and with less stress.
More information about the smart motorway
The smart motorway project is in Wellington. The three kilometre section of highway between Ngauranga and Aotea Quay carries about 90,000 vehicle movements every day. This is New Zealand’s busiest section of motorway south of the Bombay Hills.
A smart motorway is fitted with a network of detection equipment (radars, loops and cameras) and electronic signs that are programmed to respond automatically to manage the flow of traffic.
As the volume of traffic increases, the smart motorway automatically adjusts the speed limit to reduce congestion and get as many vehicles as possible through the area.
They’re used effectively around the world as transport agencies seek to improve people’s journeys while getting the most out of existing road corridors.
Smart motorway (NZ Transport Agency project page)
Resources about the project are also on Pinterest:
Here are photos showing the installation of new smart motorway gantries in November 2015: