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Mitcham Hills Road Corridor Upgrade

Project update

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Project overview

The Australian and South Australian Governments have jointly committed $40 million (50:50) to undertake a number of improvements along the Mitcham Hills road corridor to improve safety and traffic flow along Old Belair Road.

Projects include:

As part of this commitment, a planning study was undertaken in 2020. The study area included Old Belair Road through to the Main Road and Russell Street junction, and the precinct to the west of Blackwood Roundabout incorporating the Shepherds Hill Road, Brighton Parade and Waite Street intersection.

The State Government will plan, design and construct priority infrastructure that addresses issues identified in the Road Management Plan (RMP) for Main Road and Shepherds Hill Road, Blackwood, and has committed to:

  • Improve safety and operation at the junctions of Main Road and Russell Street
  • Improve safety and traffic flow at the intersection of Shepherds Hill Road, Brighton Parade and Waite Street
  • Upgrade street lighting along key sections of the corridor

Funding in this package was also used to complete a feasibility study into a road bypass at Craigburn Farm, completed in June 2019. The report is available at the City of Mitcham website

Engagement and community feedback

Thank you to those members of the community who attended our recent Mitcham Hills Road Corridor Upgrade information sessions held at the Blackwood Bowling Club on Wednesday, 17 November and Saturday, 20 November 2021.

Community engagement is an important part of the planning, design and delivery stages of the project.

In February 2021, the proposed concept designs were released for the Old Belair Road and James Road junction and the Russell Street / Main Road / Sheoak Road Junctions.

The designs were developed in response to feedback received from the community during the early 2020 planning study phase of consultation.

Consultation on the concept designs commenced on 25 February 2021 and concluded on 7 May 2021. An update on the designs, including a summary of the feedback received during consultation, was issued in November 2021.

On 11 November 2021 two potential upgrade options for the Shepherds Hill Road, Brighton Parade and Waite Street intersection were released for public consultation. To view the options and provide your feedback please visit the Shepherds Hill Road, Brighton Parade and Waite Street intersection. Consultation on this intersection is open until 16 December 2021.

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Taking a corridor-wide approach

Traffic assessments have determined:

  • All three projects are required to be delivered to improve safety and manage access issues in the area;
  • The network and safety benefits are most substantial for the Old Belair and James Road junction. As such, this upgrade is planned to be delivered first.

Feedback has also been received by some members of the community about Laffers Road. Whilst there is currently no funding available for an upgrade at this location, the Department will also be seeking feedback from the community to better understand concerns about this location.

DIT COVID-19 Response

The Department will continue to tailor community engagement opportunities in line with the latest COVID-19 advice from health authorities.

Face-to-face engagement opportunities may be restricted and we will continue to be guided by the advice of health authorities, with the health and safety of our stakeholders always our highest priority.

Engagement with community and industry is crucial and we will facilitate information sessions when possible to enable face-to-face engagement. It is important to register to attended events as requested to enable physical distancing as much as possible.

Next Steps and Project Time frame

Project design work will continue in the coming months with feedback from the community used to inform the final upgrade designs.