Mitcham Hills Road Corridor Upgrade
The Australian and South Australian Governments have committed funding to undertake a number of improvements along the Mitcham Hills road corridor.
This package of infrastructure upgrades is being delivered over a four year period between 2018/19 and 2021/22, focussing on improving road safety and efficiency.
The Australian Government has committed $20 million to upgrade the Old Belair Road and James Road T-junction and Old Belair Road (between Sheoak Road and Blythewood Road). The project is expected to support around 80 full time equivalent jobs throughout the construction period. The Russell Street / Main Road / Sheoak Road junctions will also be upgraded as part of the South Australian Government’s $20 million commitment to the Mitcham Hills corridor. The project is expected to support around 35 full time equivalent jobs throughout the construction period.
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.
Planning Study and early community engagement
In early 2020, a planning study commenced focusing on two areas: 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 study’s focus was on exploring opportunities to improve access, travel times and safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists along two key locations:
- Old Belair Road, with a focus on the Old Belair Road and James Road T-junction and the junction of Russell Street and Main Road
- Shepherds Hill Road between Blackwood Roundabout and Brighton Parade/Waite Street
Community engagement and participation was a key component of the planning study. In January 2020, information about the study was released to over 8,300 local households and businesses. Included in the release was an invitation to participate in the feedback process, via telephone call, email, website form, survey and three information sessions.
Engagement with residents, community groups and businesses will continue throughout the detailed design and delivery phases.
What we heard
Local residents, businesses, community groups, road users, cyclists and pedestrians have told us the following issues are priorities:
- Road safety
- Improved travel times
- Decreased congestion
- Safety for cyclists and pedestrians
- Planning for future population growth
- Improved sight lines
- Consideration of amenity and natural environment
Thank you to everyone who provided input into the planning study whether it was via the community survey, information sessions, phone or email. Your feedback has assisted the project team to develop the design options shown below.
Feedback provided by the community is important and continued consultation will help inform the final design outcomes.
Engagement with residents, community groups and businesses will continue into the detailed design and construction phase.
Proposed design options
Old Belair and James Road T-Junction
The proposed treatments for the upgrade include:
- construction of a single lane roundabout, including a northbound bypass lane on Old Belair Road travelling towards Adelaide, which separates the movement with traffic turning right out of James Road;
- a new pedestrian and cycle crossing to assist safe access to and from the Randell Park walking trails;
- earthworks and construction of retaining walls;
- new and upgraded drainage, including new kerb and gutter;
- new asphalt surfacing and line marking; and
- LED lighting for the extent of the works.
The proposed design for the Old Belair Road and James Road T-Junction provides an outcome that:
- improves safety for all road users;
- enables improved safety for all traffic movements, including turning movements;
- minimises travel time through the provision of improved right turn provisions from both James Road and Old Belair Road;
- reduces queuing on James Road in peak periods;
- provides new pedestrian and cyclist crossing facilities, connecting to Randell Reserve; and
- enables road users travelling north on Old Belair Road to bypass the roundabout, thereby minimising travel times and queues, especially in the morning peak.
For further detail download a copy of the proposed concept design for the Old Belair Road and James Road T-Junction – Artist’s Impression Only
Russell Street / Main Road / Sheoak Road Junctions
The proposed treatments for the upgrade include:
- new traffic signals at Main Road and Russell Street Junction;
- widening of Main Road to include single vehicle storage lanes for drivers accessing Gloucester Avenue and Sheoak Road;
- provision of traffic light controlled right turn movements and improved pedestrian safety;
- integrating new traffic signals by relocating signalised pedestrian crossing at Russell Street;
- extension of right turn lane into Sheoak Road;
- a ‘Bus Only’ right turn into Main Road;
- widening of Main Road with the installation of an additional right turn lane into Russell Street; and
- removal of right turns for all vehicles from Sheoak Road to Old Belair Road.
The proposed concept design for the Russell Street / Main Road / Sheoak Road Junction provides an outcome that improves safety:
- for road users, through the installation of traffic signals at the Russell Street and Main Road junction, including duplication of the right turn from Main Road to Russell Street;
- at the Main Road and Gloucester Avenue junction and the Main Road and Sheoak Road junction by inclusion of median storage on Main Road;
- at the Main Road and Russell Street junction by improving the road geometry and installing an additional right turn lane into Russell Street; and
- for pedestrians crossing Russell Street through the provision of a new signalised pedestrian crossing of Russell Street, at the proposed new traffic signals.
For further detail download a copy of the proposed concept design for the Russell Street / Main Road / Sheoak Road Junction – Artist’s Impression Only.
Shepherds Hill Road, Brighton Parade and Waite Street Intersection
Detailed planning continues for the Shepherds Hill Road, Brighton Parade and Waite Street intersection upgrade with a concept design expected to be released in mid-2021. Feedback provided by the community is important and will continue to inform the development of a design for this location.
Early engagement and community feedback
As part of the project’s early concept design and review process, DIT held two information sessions to meet members of the community and seek feedback.
The information sessions were held at the John Bray Centre for Performing Arts on Thursday 29 April 2021, between 5.00pm and 7.00pm and Belair Community Centre on Saturday 1 May 2021, between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
In addition to the information sessions, the community were invited to provide their feedback. This consultation commenced in 25 February 2021, and concluded on 7 May 2021.
All feedback received from the community is being reviewed and considered by the project team.
The Department will continue to liaise with the community as the design is developed. All feedback and concerns will be considered as the project team continue through the design process to identify a solution that balances the needs of the project’s various stakeholders, as much as practically possible, whilst delivering on the project’s objectives.
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.
If you have any further enquiries or would like to register your interest to receive updates, please:
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- telephone 1300 794 880, or
- write to GPO Box 1533, Adelaide SA 5001.