Mitsubishi to install first highway traffic management system on Southern Expressway
Saturday, 21 December 2013 00:00
Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received an order to supply Sri Lanka’s first highway traffic management system (HTMS), the company said.
The system, slated to go on-stream by the end of 2014, will also be MHI’s first installation of the company’s full-scale traffic management system for expressways.
The HTMS will be installed on Southern Expressway, Sri Lanka’s first ever expressway, between Colombo and Galle. Construction work will be performed under a grant-in-aid provided by the Japanese Government.
Based on a package agreement with the Sri Lanka’s Road Development Authority (RDA), the MHI will handle all aspects from engineering, procurement and installation to adjustment and training, the company said in a statement.
The company will provide 24 variable message signboards, vehicle detection cameras, weather sensors and other roadside equipment, as well as the central computer systems for data processing, operating status monitoring, etc.
The 95-kilometre highway from Colombo to Galle will be extended up to Hambantota in the deep south and eventually will be connected to the Northern Expressway from Colombo to Jaffna, which is under construction now, via the Outer Circular Highway of Colombo to provide an interruption free high speed traffic flow between north and south.
As expressway construction is currently under way in Sri Lanka in preparation for an anticipated dramatic increase in vehicle traffic in the coming years, the RDA has decided to promote the development of an intelligent transportation system (ITS).
The ITS is aimed to provide the expressway users with timely traffic information during rainy weather and when accidents occur, in a quest to prevent congestion and secondary damage and ensure safe, smooth high-speed road traffic.
MHI is currently amassing a solid record, both in Japan and abroad, as a leading manufacturer of toll collection systems, including electronic toll collection (ETC) systems, for expressways, parking lots, etc.