Mitchell Freeway extension complete: now open to traffic 

After two years in the making, the new Mitchell Freeway extension from Hodges Drive to Burns Beach Road is finished and open to traffic.

The Mitchell Freeway extension is the culmination of a $171.5 million project and a crucial link in Perth’s arterial road system, delivering important long-term community benefits. It’s the first extension of the freeway since 2001, following extensive planning and public consultation.

The completed work includes a 4km two-lane freeway in each direction; traffic bridges at Hodges Drive, Shenton Avenue and Moore Drive; interchanges at Hodges Drive, Shenton Avenue and Burns Beach Road, a principal shared path and several associated underpasses; the Portmarnock Footbridge and pedestrian underpasses at Currambine train station.

Extensive landscaping (including 250,000 native plants), 7km of noise walls and public art on bridge abutments and selected noise walls were also features of the project. Provision has been made for a third lane to be added to the freeway extension in each direction at a later stage.

As a result of the Mitchell Freeway extension, the growing suburbs of Connolly, Currambine, Kinross, Clarkson, Iluka, Carramar and Joondalup will be serviced more efficiently, traffic on local roads will be reduced and residential and commercial development will be given a boost.

The extension was officially opened by Transport Minister Simon O’Brien and former Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan on November 2, 2008, with a procession of vintage cars travelling along the freeway to celebrate the milestone.


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