August 27, 2018, Melbourne, Australia
SICE responsible for the design and delivery of the ITS and OMCS systems for the West Gate Tunnel in Melbourne
The West Gate Tunnel Project is a city-shaping project that will deliver a vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge, provide quicker and safer journeys, and remove thousands of trucks off residential streets.
The project will include:
- Widening the West Gate Freeway from 8 to 12 lanes and include express lanes between the M80 and the West Gate Bridge, reducing weaving and merging that leads to traffic congestion.
- A tunnel from the West Gate Freeway to the Maribyrnong River and the Port of Melbourne which will take motorists and trucks underground and off residential streets, providing a more efficient freight route.
- A bridge over the Maribyrnong River, linking to an elevated road along Footscray Road will get people to where they need to go in the CBD north.
SICE will deliver a state-of-the-art motorway and tunnel control system based on SICE’s SIDERA product that has been selected for the project for been a worldwide reference in freeway and tunnel management. SIDERA will provide the following key functionalities:
- A managed motorway system across the project, providing monitoring and 24/7 real time traffic management including but not limited to the use of traffic counting devices, lane use signs, variable speed limit signs, variable message signs, automatic incident detection, CCTV coverage, ramp metering, over-height vehicle management and incident response management. These systems automatically manage traffic congestion and incidents, regulate traffic flow entering the freeway and can close lanes for safety or redirect traffic as required; and
- An (Operations Management and Control Systems) OMCS system that will control the entire traffic and plant devices in the Westgate, tunnel.
Furthermore, SIDERA will include the full operational integration of the Citilink freeway, Burnley and Domain tunnels with the WestGate tunnels, as well as a robust integration to Vicroads to achieve full coordinated traffic management results.
SICE will be also responsible for the design, procurement and commissioning of the following ITS systems:
- Communication network
- PLC network
- Vehicle detection
- Variable message signs
- Lane usage signs
- Variable speed limit signs
- Tunnel message signs
- CCTV system
- Changeable message signs
- Boom gates control
- Overheight detection system
- Motorway emergency telephone system
- Fire emergency telephone system
- Radio rebroadcasting system
- Public address.
Completion of the project is expected in 2022.