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Electronic travel alert signs coming to the Western Highway


New electronic signage on the Western Highway is set to give real-time travel times and works alerts to drivers travelling between Ballarat and Melbourne.

The State Government says when operational the signs will make it easier for people to plan their trips, avoid major delays and spend less time in traffic, by using Bluetooth technology to track point-to-point travel times.

Delays associated with road upgrades, safety improvements, weather and emergency incidents will all be displayed almost immediately, with estimated travel times updated every few minutes.

Travel times for vehicles which have stopped or travelled off the highway between sensor points will not be factored into the displayed times.

The signs will be installed in five areas between Ballarat and Melbourne, including locations near Ballarat, Ballan, Bacchus Marsh, Melton and Rockbank, and is the first of its kind to be permanently installed in regional Victoria, replacing temporary electronic signs along the highway.

Similar signs are already in place in metropolitan Melbourne.

They are part of a package of safety upgrades along the Western Highway, which includes the installation of flexible safety barriers and bridge strengthening works at Pykes Creek.