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Mitcham Hills Road Corridor Upgrade

About the infrastructure 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 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?

A contract has been awarded to SMEC to undertake planning and design works, including investigating upgrade options at the following junctions within the project area:

  • Old Belair Road and James Road
  • Main Road and Russell Street
  • Shepherds Hill Road, Brighton Parade and Waite Street.

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.

Mitcham hills map

DPTI COVID-19 Response

To help safeguard the DPTI project team and the community, we have implemented measures to manage the risks of, and our response to, contracting COVID-19.

These include but are not limited to, increased personal hygiene practices and limiting face-to-face contact.

The project team will provide construction updates and work notifications via social media, letterbox drops, emails and the Project website. We are also available to speak via telephone (1300 794 880).

We encourage the community to register for email updates.

There will be no planned community events or information sessions until further notice.

Further information

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