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Mitcham Hills Road Corridor Upgrade

About the program

The Australian and South Australian Governments have together committed funding to undertake a number of projects to improve the Mitcham hills road corridor.

The package of infrastructure upgrades, which will be delivered over a four year period between 2018/19 and 2021/22, focus on improving road safety and efficiency.  The overall package includes the upgrade to the Blackwood Roundabout, completed in April 2019, which improved road safety, traffic flow and pedestrian access.

The Australian Government has committed $20 million towards an upgrade of Old Belair Road, with a focus on improving safety and transport efficiency at its junction with James Road.

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 $20 million to:

  • improve safety and operation at the junction of Main Road and Russell Street
  • improve safety and traffic flow at the intersection of Shepherds Hill Road, Brighton Parade and Waite Street
  • upgrade 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.

Mitcham Hills Planning Study Update

Thank you to everyone who has provided input into the Mitcham Hills Planning Study via the survey, information sessions, phone or email. Feedback provided will inform design options for the funded sites.

Community engagement on the planning study was undertaken over January and February 2020 and included the mail out of information and invitations to participate via telephone call, email, website form, survey and three information sessions to almost 8,500 local households and businesses. To date we have had a significant response, with themes raised by the community including;

-              Road safety;
-              Improved travel times and congestion;
-              Safety of cyclists and pedestrians;
-              Roundabout proposal at James Road;
-              Amenity and natural environment;

Thank you again to everyone who has participated to date. We anticipate being able to provide proposed options in the coming months.  To ensure your receive the latest information, we urge you to register for Planning Study updates at registration,_feedback_and_suggestions.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 794 880 or

What's next?

Site Investigation Works

Site investigation works along sections of Old Belair Road, James Road, Sheoak Road, Main Road and Russell Street, will commence in September and are expected to be complete by the end of November, weather permitting. The information collected will assist in design development, and ensure that all relevant information is taken into consideration.

Site investigation works will include:

  • Location of underground services
  • Geotechnical investigations, and
  • Flora and fauna assessments along the road corridors.

Works will be undertaken Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm. All roads will remain open during works, however temporary lane and speed restrictions may be required when workers are on site.

For further information, please see here.

Community Engagement

Community and stakeholder engagement forms an important part of this upgrade and as planning progresses consultation with land owners, businesses and residents will occur to help inform the preferred concept and design.

Concept planning and traffic modelling will be completed in 2020. We anticipate being able to provide proposed options in coming months.

Mitcham hills map

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 as much as possible to enable face to face engagement.  It is important to assist in managing these events that you register as requested to enable physical distancing as much as possible.

We encourage the community to register for email updates.

Further information

If you have any further enquiries or would like to register your interest to receive updates, please: