About this project
The Shortland to Sandgate section of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass opened to traffic on Thursday 23 January 2014.
The Shortland to Sandgate project involved building 1.8 kilometres of 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.
The newly built intersection of the bypass and the Pacific Highway is expected to help reduce traffic delays on the Pacific Highway with motorists now able to use both the bypass and Wallsend Road intersections.
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.
As part of the Shortland to Sandgate project, Aboriginal artwork panels have been stencilled into the footpath area at either end of the Sandgate Road bridge.
Two artists were engaged by the Awabakal Aboriginal Land Council to produce these artworks.
The artworks represent both male and female Aboriginal perspectives.
Plaques with descriptive wording have been installed alongside the artworks to describe the story behind each stencil.
The female artworks represent the Aboriginal community who lived around the Shortland Wetland area and the women whose role it was to raise and teach the children.
The second artwork depicts the role of Aboriginal women who would gather the food the community would eat.
The Aboriginal male artworks provide a story of the fish traps design and how the Aboriginal men trapped and fished in the area.
The application of these panels has now been completed following consultation with the artists and the Aboriginal community on their placement.