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Perth visitors: Bridge works cause huge delays for Perth drivers on Mitchell Freeway

Road works are causing a headache for Perth motorists, with reports of mass traffic congestion throughout some of the city’s busiest roads.

Main Roads WA has warned of heavy traffic heading into the city’s major arterial roads, including Canning Highway and the Mitchell Freeway.

The delays are being caused by works on the Hay Street Bridge, which will increase the clearance to try and prevent large trucks from slamming into the structure.

But the huge works are causing traffic to bottleneck.

The Mitchell Freeway is closed southbound from Graham Farmer Freeway to Riverside Drive and there are reports of heavy congestion at Vincent Street.

The bridge works being carried out overnight.
Camera IconThe bridge works being carried out overnight. Credit: 7NEWS

There are also huge queues are stretching up the freeway and motorists are using social media to vent their frustration.

“It seems bloody ridiculous that traffic can’t exit at the Wellington St or Roe St exit like it could during the previous works,” one motorist wrote on Twitter.

“There’s absolutely nothing happening between the road block and that exit.”

Traffic banked up on the Mitchell Freeway today.
Camera IconTraffic banked up on the Mitchell Freeway today. Credit: Main Roads WA/Twitter

Main Roads says delays are also being reported eastbound in the Northbridge Tunnel and Mounts Bay Road at William Street.

It has advised those heading into the city or Kwinana Freeway southbound to instead take Marmion Avenue, West Coast Highway, Wanneroo Road, Charles Street, Main Street or Alexander Drive.

The works are expected to clear by 10pm tonight, when traffic is expected to flow smoothly again. The bridge works are scheduled to finish by October.

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