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Principal: New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA)
Customer: Auckland Motorway Alliance (AMA)
Consultant: Beca International
Contractor: Integrated Traffic Solutions
Location: Beaumont / Fanshawe intersection
Product: SWIFTGATE™ automated lane closure solution
 
 
The busy Beaumont / Fanshawe intersection

The last major bottleneck in Auckland’s central motorway network was unplugged when the Victoria Park Tunnel (VPT) opened in November 2011 with the final lane opened to the public in March this year allowing the full benefit of the tunnel to be experienced by commuters. At the heart of the project was the construction of an additional on-ramp to the Auckland Harbour Bridge, built to increase the accessibility of the northbound highway lanes directly from Auckland’s downtown.

This additional access to the bridge, situated at the busy Beaumont / Fanshawe intersection, would only be available during peak hours when the movable barrier was moved out.

The requirement was to find a system that would be able to open and shut the on-ramp access point daily and also integrate into the complex IT network. It would need to work with traffic control systems and the message signs advising motorists of which lanes were open or closed.

CSP Pacific’s SWIFTGATE™ automated lane closure solution, a NCHRP 350 crash tested product through Armorflex International, was selected for the job with Integrated Traffic Solutions tasked with making it all work together.

“The SWIFTGATE™ system is manufactured by Versilis in Canada,” says Brendon Morgan, General Manager for Armorfex International. “Between Versillis and Sergio Prieto, the Technical Manager for Integrated Traffic Solutions, a system was designed that would integrate and sync with the SWIFTGATE™ Commander module, the warning signs, traffic lights and indicative panels.”

The operation of the SWIFTGATE™ also involves coordination between the movable barrier machine operators and the personnel at the traffic control centre. The movable barrier operator would have control of the opening and closing of the lane ready for either the movement back or into place of the moveable barrier.

 “We installed the SWIFTGATE™ in March this year,” says Sergio. “The installation went remarkably well considering the complexity of combining all the systems to work as one. It’s a great product and the support from Versilis, Armorflex and CSP Pacific was really good.”

“This is the first time SWIFTGATE™ has been installed in New Zealand and it is only the second installation in the world where IT systems have been integrated to operate with the flick of one switch,” says Adrian Rodrieguez, Sales Engineer for CSP Pacific.

“Credit must go to Sergio at ITS,” adds Brendon. “When the system was tested for the first time it took a minor adjustment which took 10 minutes and the system was completely operational. It all went so well it was amazing.”

 

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