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Mitcham Hills Road Corridor Upgrade

Project update - April 2022

The South Australian Government is delivering on its commitment to put the Old Belair and James Road junction project on hold and refer it to Infrastructure SA (ISA) for review. This will ensure the best approach to address traffic and access issues in the Mitcham Hills area is achieved.

The South Australian Government is delivering on its commitment to put the Old Belair and James Road junction project on hold and refer it to Infrastructure SA (ISA) for review. This will ensure the best approach to address traffic and access issues in the Mitcham Hills area is achieved.

ISA is an independent advisory body established to provide advice to government to enable informed and evidence-based decisions on infrastructure planning, investment, delivery and optimisation.

ISA will conduct a review of the work previously undertaken by the Department for Infrastructure and Transport (the Department) to assess:

  • if the planned traffic treatments at the Russell Street / Main Road / Sheoak Road junctions will adequately address the problems experienced at the Old Belair and James Road junction, without the need for a roundabout;
  • if there are other more effective traffic treatments that could be considered at the Old Belair and James Road junction, rather than a roundabout;
  • the environmental impacts associated with a roundabout; and
  • if the proposed roundabout is justifiable in terms of its benefits, cost and associated environmental impacts.

This review is expected to commence shortly. On completion, ISA will provide a recommendation to the Department and the South Australian Government for consideration. The review findings will be made publicly available.

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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.

Proposed projects include:

Planning work has also commenced to identify potential opportunities to upgrade Laffers Road.

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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.