Mitchell Freeway - Future Works - Widening


The State Government committed $30m for the widening of Mitchell Freeway northbound between Hepburn Avenue and Hodges Drive, from two to three lanes, in its 2011/12 budget. Traffic volumes in the preceding years had increased rapidly, almost reaching the previously projected 2016 traffic volume of 40,000 vehicles per day. The resulting congestion in the afternoon traffic peak increases the chances of rear-end crashes as well as driver frustration. Construction of the third lane is scheduled for the first half of 2013, with the existing lanes to be resurfaced later, during the summer months of 2013-14. The design of the freeway is such that no bridgeworks will be required on overpasses, and rail services in the median will not be affected.

The freeway will also be expanded with an extra lane northbound between Perth and Hutton Street, in conjunction with works to increase the capacity of Graham Farmer Freeway tunnel. Works will progress in two stages, with Vincent Street as the midpoint. As part of the project, the overpasses at Powis Street, Vincent Street and Scarborough Beach Road will be widened, and an entrance ramp from Loftus Street to the freeway northbound will be constructed. The project is scheduled to start in January 2013, with completion expected to be in December 2013.

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