An additional third lane on the Mitchell Freeway between Hodges Drive and Hepburn Avenue in Western Australia is a step closer to construction with the release of Expressions of Interest (EOIs) to market.
This $78 million upgrade will deliver about 8.8 kilometres of new lanes on the Mitchell Freeway, increasing its capacity and improving travel times for approximately 51,000 motorists a day.
“As a frequent freeway user, I know how frustrating it is to be caught up in traffic.
“When complete, it is estimated these upgrades will provide shorter journeys to up to 51,000 road users daily, meaning less time on the roads and more time spent with family and friends,” Premier Mark McGowan said.
Works for this project will include installing concrete barriers adjacent to the rail reserve as well as upgrades to Hodges Drive, Ocean Reef Road, Whitfords Avenue and Hepburn Avenue on-ramps to allow the addition of future ramp signals.
The project will also include upgrading the principal shared path at various sections of the Mitchell Freeway between Ocean Reef Road and Hepburn Avenue, which will connect with existing facilities.
“The Mitchell Freeway has some of the highest traffic demands in Perth and we are expanding this critical corridor to get people home sooner and safer.
“The new lane will alleviate congestion pressure by removing some of the worst pinch points and busting congestion,” Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said.
Once the upgrade is completed, motorists will be able to save up to six minutes on their journeys during peak times.
Construction on the Mitchell Freeway southbound upgrade is anticipated to commence in late 2020.
“This project will complement the current Mitchell Freeway southbound widening works from Cedric Street to Vincent Street, delivering a combined additional 16 kilometres of lane capacity to the Mitchell Freeway.
“This is just one of our key projects underway in the northern suburbs to reduce congestion and boost local jobs,” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said.
This multi-million project is jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian Governments, each contributing $38 million.
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