​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Mitchell Freeway Southbound Upgrade

Hodges Drive to Hepburn Avenue

  • Almost 10 kilometres of widening to provide a third southbound lane, adjacent to the median 
  • Currently in planning and development​​​​​ stage
  • Construction is scheduled to commence in late 2020
Image: South-facing photograph of the Mitchell Freeway southbound congested with two lanes of traffic


Planning is underway to build a third lane on the Mitchell Freeway southbound from Hodges Drive to Hepburn Avenue, increasing the freeway's southbound capacity by 50 per cent. This is the only freeway southbound section that has less than three lanes, resulting in heavy congestion during peak periods.

The project will include construction of an emergency breakdown lane and emergency stopping bays where feasible between Hodges Drive and Hepburn Avenue, and new concrete barriers adjacent to the rail reserve. We will be modifying Hodges Drive, Ocean Reef Road, Whitfords Avenue and Hepburn Avenue on-ramps to allow for future ramp signals. 

No modifications will be required to existing bridges.​

The project will include the upgrade of the principal shared path (PSP) along the Mitchell Freeway at various sections between Ocean Reef Road and Hepburn Avenue, to connect with existing facilities.

The project will lead to shorter, more reliable journey times and provide relief for up to 51,000 motorists per day.

Project Update

The project's procurement strategy is currently in development. Expressions of Interest are being sought by industry for a Design and Construct contract.

Noise monitoring is being undertaken to determine the locations and heights of any noise or amenity walls which may need to be built as part of project. Site investigations for service relocations will be undertaken throughout 2020.


Procurement: Commencing March 2020

Contract award: Late 2020

Construction: Late 2020 to late 2022




  • ​Improve travel times, road safety and freight productivity
  • Alleviate traffic pressure
  • Reduce congestion


Jointly funded by the Federal and State Governments, this project is estimated to cost $76 million.

Last Updated: 20 March 2020