Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received an order for a highway traffic management system (HTMS) for Sri Lanka. The system will be Sri Lanka's very first, and will also be MHI's first installation of the company's full-scale traffic management system for expressways. The system on order is slated to go onstream by the end of 2014.
According to a media statement, the HTMS will be installed on Sri Lanka's Southern Expressway between Colombo and Galle, a distance of approximately 95 kilometers (km).
Construction work will be performed under a grant-in-aid provided by the Japanese Government.
Based on a package agreement with the Sri Lankan authority placing the order - the Road Development Authority (RDA) - MHI will handle all aspects from engineering, procurement and installation to adjustment and training. 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 Southern Expressway opened in November 2011 and will eventually be connected into neighboring expressways. In addition, further expressway construction is currently under way in Sri Lanka in preparation for an anticipated dramatic increase in vehicle traffic in the coming years. In light of these circumstances, the RDA decided to promote the development of an intelligent transportation system (ITS) so as to provide 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.
Leveraging this first order for a highway traffic management system, going forward MHI intends to focus efforts into sales expansion in overseas markets through proposals of traffic management system specifications and functions best suited to the situations of the emerging economies.