Smart Freeway - Mitchell Southbound

Hester Avenue to Vincent Street

Under constructionUnder Construction

Major upgrades include widening the freeway, rolling out Smart Freeways and upgrading paths.

Smart Freeway Hodges to Hepburn

What's happening

 In early 2023, Mitchell Freeway southbound between Hodges Drive and Vincent Street, there will be intermittent lane closures, freeway closures and detours during night works. 

  • Construction of the additional lane between Warwick Road and Hepburn Avenue is anticipated for completion in early April 2023.
  • Construction of the concrete barrier along the median will be completed by late April 2023.
  • This will enable traffic lanes from Hodges Drive to Reid Highway, to be shifted onto the median and right lanes, creating a safe space to enable construction works to occur along the left lane and verge.
  • At entry ramps to the Mitchell Freeway at Warwick Road, Whitfords Avenue and Ocean Reef Road, traffic management and a lane reduction will be implemented. This will enable ramp widening works and installation of Intelligent Transport Systems, street lighting, drainage and barriers.
  • From Hepburn Avenue to Reid Highway, the temporary barrier will be relocated towards the verge. This will maintain the current number of traffic lanes.

 Check out the Roadworks section on this page for closures and impacts.

Path upgrades

Work is under way to construct retaining walls and noise walls, as well as the Principal Shared Path (PSP) along the Mitchell Freeway southbound between Ocean Reef Road and Warwick Train Station, with existing sections being upgraded to meet current access and mobility standards.

A series of intermittent path detours have been implemented to ensure the safety of path users, road users and our workforce, whilst construction works take place. Temporary signage showing detour route maps is located at shared path entry points and work locations. Directional signage will guide cyclists through the detour routes.

The PSP construction from Ocean Reef Road to Warwick Train Station is anticipated to be completed by early February 2024.

Have a scroll through the Path closures and Roadworks sections on this page to learn more about the locations and detours.

Works progressing well

Construction of the new freeway lane in the median is progressing well, along with drainage works and installation of a new barrier along the rail line.

Works to install smart technology on nine freeway entry-ramps from Hester Avenue to Warwick Road have commenced, with temporary traffic management in place.

We’re continuing to explore innovative design solutions to retain vegetation and increase areas for urban landscaping. A comprehensive landscaping and revegetation plan is being finalised.


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