Newcastle Inner City Bypass: Shortland to Sandgate

Newcastle Inner City Bypass: Shortland to Sandgate complete

16 January 2014

Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay today announced major work had been completed at the Shortland to Sandgate section of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass and the road will open to motorists next week, weather permitting.

“The NSW Government provided $143 million to complete this section of the bypass, which will provide improved access between the developing western parts of Newcastle, regional produce markets and the Port of Newcastle,” Minister Gay said.

“Major work has now been completed and the project team is putting the finishing touches to the road so it is safe to open to traffic next Thursday, 23 January, weather permitting.”

Member for Newcastle Tim Owen said the opening of this section of the bypass would benefit motorists across the region, not just the areas through which the new road passes.

“This bypass will be used by tens of thousands of Newcastle motorists every day. It’s an important project that will improve journey times for many,” Mr Owen said.

Member for Port Stephens Craig Baumann said the Shortland to Sandgate section of the bypass was a significant road building project.

“The project involved building 1.8 kilometres of a four lane, divided road which runs from Sandgate Road at Shortland and joins the Pacific Highway at Sandgate.

“The project also includes five new bridges, including twin bridges over the Main Northern Railway Line, and an interchange at Sandgate Road for access onto the bypass.”

Member for Charlestown Andrew Cornwell said reducing congestion for the region’s motorists would be a key benefit of the road when it opens next week.

“The newly built intersection of the bypass and the Pacific Highway is expected to help reduce traffic delays on the Pacific Highway between Industrial Drive and Old Maitland Road with motorists now able to use both the bypass and Wallsend Road intersections to access the bypass,” Mr Cornwell said.

“There still is some finishing work to be completed at the Sandgate Road interchange during the coming months including road resurfacing, roundabout and kerb adjustments, street lighting, guardrail installations and landscaping.

The northbound on ramp and southbound turn bay at the Sandgate interchange will remain closed while this work is carried out.”

The opening of the Shortland to Sandgate section completes the fourth stage of the long-standing Newcastle Inner City Bypass scheme, which runs between the Pacific Highway at Windale and the Pacific Highway at Sandgate.

Other sections of the bypass completed to date are the West Charlestown Bypass (Bennetts Green to Kotara Heights), Kotara Heights to Rankin Park and Jesmond to Shortland.

Media: Lance Northey - 0467 743 192

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