The federal government helped to fund the installation of 21 new signs on flood-prone roads across Logan, Queensland.
Logan City Council has also received additional funding from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, which will bring the total of smart warning signs installed by Easter 2020 to 92.
The automatically activated lights warn drivers of flooded roads and the smart system updates flood information on the Logan City Council website.
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the Morrison Government committed funding to expand the system because it had improved community safety since its introduction.
“When Cyclone Debbie flooded roads across Logan in 2017, no vehicles drove into floodwaters at sites where the smart warning systems had been installed,” Mr. Tudge said.
Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen inspected the new signs today and said they would boost road safety during extreme weather.
“These smart warning signs help to prevent drivers from accidentally entering floodwaters on dark and rainy nights,” Mr. van Manen said.
The scheme was recently awarded for Excellence in Road Safety at the 2019 Institute Public Works Engineering Australasia Awards.
The federal government provided $250,000 in funding through its national Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. Logan City Council provided $250,000 towards the project.
Logan City Council developed the system with Griffith University researchers and delivered it in partnership with Logan-based social enterprise Substation33.