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Cutting-edge traffic control safety for McConnell Dowell

 

In a bid to transform safety standards, the McConnell Dowell team on the Epping Road Upgrade project in Melbourne has taken a pioneering approach, harnessing cutting-edge traffic control solutions to safeguard both workers and commuters alike.


Traditionally, traffic controllers have had to physically stand on the road to manage traffic flow, putting them at risk from passing vehicles. To enhance safety, the project team has introduced advanced traffic control devices that can be operated remotely.

These devices include:

  • Portable Traffic Control Devices: These include eBooms, and Gibney barriers which provide physical separation between moving traffic and the traffic Controller, further safeguarding workers. The eBooms are operated remotely.
  • Portable Traffic Signal System: The eSTOP system utilises remote-controlled traffic signals. By triggering red lights from a safe distance, eSTOP enables traffic controllers to manage traffic flow without being directly exposed to live traffic.

This innovative approach removes traffic controllers from the immediate vicinity of moving vehicles, significantly reducing their risk of injury.

They can now effectively control traffic flow from a protected location, ensuring their safety while continuing to perform their crucial role on the project.

By embracing technological advancements like eBooms and eSTOP, the Epping Road Upgrade project is setting a positive precedent for future infrastructure projects, demonstrating that efficient construction can go hand-in-hand with a strong commitment to safety.

The Epping Road upgrade will improve traffic flow and travel times by providing better north-south road connectivity for 35,000 drivers a day.

It will also increase liveability and commercial development opportunities, and make it easier and safer to walk and cycle around the local area. Most importantly, it will lower the risk and severity of crashes through safety upgrades.

The workscope includes:

  • adding extra lanes in each direction between Craigieburn Road East and Memorial Avenue (about four kilometres)
  • installing new traffic lights at Park Street
  • upgrading existing intersections in the area
  • upgrading the pedestrian traffic lights at Taggerty Grove
  • building a new shared walking and cycling path
  • adding on-road bicycle lanes
  • installing safety barriers along the road.

This is the fifth major project McConnell Dowell is delivering for Major Road Projects Victoria, after the successful completion of the Mordialloc Freeway and Echuca Moama Bridge projects, and the current Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road and Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road upgrades.

 

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