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16 March 2020
The WA State Government is currently seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) to design and construct an upgrade to the Mitchell Freeway between Hodges Drive and Hepburn Avenue.
The EOI has appeared on Tenders WA and will close on the 7th of April. The $76 million project is jointly funded by the State and Federal Governments, with each contributing $38 million.
The upgrade is an additional 8.8km third lane and may include the widening of four on ramps, emergency stopping bays, verge safety barriers, noise walls and amenity walls between Hodges Drive and Hepburn Avenue.
They are also looking at upgrading the Principal Shared Path between Ocean Reef Road and Warwick Train Station.
These upgrades are expected to increase the capacity of the Mitchell Freeway Southbound between Hodges Drive and Hepburn Avenue by up to 50 per cent. This would significantly ease the pressure for drivers affording a shorter, more reliable journey times for up to 51,000 road users per day.
The changes are anticipated to save 6 minutes for the 15,000 motorists that travel southbound on Mitchell Freeway from Shenton Avenue to Warwick Road during peak hour in the mornings.
Upgrades to Freeway on-ramps at Hodges Drive, Ocean Reef Road, Whitfords Avenue and Hepburn Avenue will allow for future ramp signals.
The primary shared path along the Mitchell Freeway will also be impoved at various sections between Ocean Reef Road and Hepburn Avenue allowing for connections with existing facilities.
Construction on the project is expected to commence later in 2020.