20 Dec 2014

'Smart' motorway to give peak-hour relief

10:50 am on 20 December 2014

Wellington's peak-hour congestion problems are on track for some high-tech relief as construction of the country's first 'smart' motorway starts in the new year.

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The stretch of road will be installed with sensors, cameras and signs to improve traffic flow. Photo: 123rf

New Zealand Transport Agency Wellington highways manager Rod James said the section of motorway between Ngauranga and Aotea Quay would be managed around-the-clock by a network of sensors, cameras, and speed and lane control signs.

He said while commuters would face some delays during the 15-month construction, they could look forward to faster travel times once it was finished.

The work will cost $50 million.

The three-kilometre stretch of highway carries 90,000 vehicles a day, making it New Zealand's busiest section of road south of the Bombay Hills.

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