Newcastle By-pass Design

18 May 2016

The community is invited to have a say on the refined strategic design for the Rankin Park to Jesmond section of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Government had committed $280 million to build the fifth section of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass between Rankin Park and Jesmond including $150 million from Restart NSW, which received the proceeds from leasing NSW ports.

“Comments are now invited on a refined strategic design for the project which includes major improvements to traffic flow at the interchanges and minimises potential environmental and community impacts,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Key project improvements include moving the bypass to minimise impacts on the environment and nearby residential areas, replacing the roundabout on Newcastle Road at Jesmond with traffic lights and increasing the traffic capacity at the northern and southern interchanges for improved traffic flow.

“A half interchange would provide access to and from the north to the western side of the John Hunter Hospital. A bridge across the bypass would separate traffic accessing the hospital and also provide pedestrian access across the bypass to the hospital.”

Mr MacDonald said improvements had also been made to the design at the southern interchange, which now includes a bridge to carry northbound traffic on Lookout Road over the bypass and new traffic lights to connect bypass traffic with Lookout Road.

“A second right turn lane out of McCaffrey Drive and lengthening the left turn lane out of McCaffrey Drive are also proposed improvements in the refined strategic design.

“A project update about the refined strategic design will be distributed to residents this week and the project team will hold four information sessions at Stockland Jesmond Shopping Centre this month,” Mr MacDonald said.

Stakeholders and the community are invited to view the proposed design, meet the project team and find out more on Thursday 19 and 26 May between 4pm and 8.30pm and Saturday 21 and 28 May between 9am and 12.30pm at the Stockland Jesmond on 28 Blue Gum Road, Jesmond.

For further information about the project or to provide your feedback visit the Roads and Maritime Services project page rms.nsw.gov.au/rp2j, email rp2j.community@aurecongroup.com or call the project information line on 1800 818 433.

Comments can also be mailed to Matthew Mate, Project Development Manager, Roads and Maritime Services, Locked Bag 2030 Newcastle NSW 2300.

Media: Scot MacDonald

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