THE Mitchell Freeway extension could open to motorists by Friday morning, with a ribbon cutting ceremony planned this Thursday.
A Main Roads spokeswoman confirmed the August 3 ceremony would be for dignitaries and those closely involved in the project.
“We anticipate that the freeway will be opened for public use before peak hour on the morning of Friday, August 4,” she said.
“This will follow final line marking works, safety checks and traffic management to be completed overnight on Thursday.
“We understand the local community is eager to benefit from the new road, and we want to get it open, however there are a few activities on the main alignment that are weather dependant.
“These include final line marking at Burns Beach Road where traffic management still needs to take place.
“If we are unable to open the freeway before morning peak on Friday due to weather or unavoidable operational matters, we will open the alignment as soon as practically possible and safe to do so.
Main Roads issued the clarification today following social media speculation over the weekend that the ceremonial opening would give motorists access to the extension.