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Smart Freeway - Southbound Mitchell Southbound

Clarkson, Craigie, Currambine, Duncraig, Innaloo, Gwelup, Joondalup, Kinross, Leederville, Osborne Park


  • Road

    Project type
  • $140 million

    Total budget
  • Under Construction

    Project phase
  • Main Roads WA

    Lead agency
  • 700

    Jobs supported
  • Mid 2021

    Start date

    Late 2023

    End date

Smart technology will be installed along the Mitchell Freeway southbound, with coordinated ramp signals installed at 16 on-ramps from Hester Avenue to Vincent Street.

The technology has already had great success along the Kwinana Freeway northbound, between Roe Highway and the Narrows, with motorists saving up to 10-minutes during peak hour.

It will provide motorists with greater journey reliability, congestion relief and enable the freeway to operate more efficiently without stop-start conditions at merge points.

The project will include upgraded and new shared paths between Ocean Reef Road and Warwick Train Station.

For more information regarding this project, visit the Smart Freeways website.


  • Improve the efficiency and safety of the freeway
  • More reliable journey times and provide congestion relief for more than 180,000 daily motorists
  • Reduced stop-start conditions by managing traffic flow
  • An investment in road infrastructure and state employment opportunities

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Project work area

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  • Traffic changes between Hester Avenue and Warwick Road

    The following temporary traffic changes will occur on the Mitchell Freeway southbound to establish traffic management for the installation of Smart Freeway technology on the freeway entry ramps.

    Mitchell Freeway southbound: interchange with Balcatta Road and around Reid Highway

    • From 7 August to late 2022, 7am – 7pm: vegetation clearing, construction of new service trenches, new drainage and safety barriers, installation of coordinated traffic signals, road surfacing.
    • From 7 – 28 August, 9pm to 5am: service location work and directional drilling for services
    • Intermittent lane closures under traffic management

    Mitchell Freeway entry ramps at Hester Avenue, Neerabup Road, Burns Beach Road, Shenton Avenue and Hodges Drive

    • Ramp speeds reduced to 40 km/h and 60 km/h
    • Neerabup Road speed reduced to 40 km/h
    • Ongoing 

    Visit Main Roads Western Australia for the full list of road and path closures. 

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