Hunter region

Shortland to Sandgate

A photograph of the new Sandgate Road Bridge

Changed traffic conditions

The bypass was opened to traffic mid-morning on Thursday 23 January 2014 after the peak travel period.

The northbound on-ramp and southbound turn bay at the Sandgate Road interchange are approaching completion and are expected to be opened to traffic prior to Easter. This work includes road resurfacing, roundabout and kerb adjustments, street lighting, guardrail installations and landscaping.

Motorists are advised to plan their journey, allow extra travel time and follow all signs.

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The Shortland to Sandgate project is a 1.8 km four-lane divided carriageway road which forms part of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass between Shortland and Sandgate.

This road passes underneath Sandgate Road at Shortland, bridge over Deepbridge Creek and the Main Northern Railway line, run past the western side of Sandgate Cemetery and join the Pacific Highway at Sandgate.

The Pacific Highway intersection

The Pacific Highway (Maitland Road) between Industrial Drive and Hexham is an urban road with frequent pedestrian and vehicle access controlled by a number of traffic signals. The bypass joins the Pacific Highway at a new signalised intersection, consistent with other intersections along the route.

Traffic modelling for the project predicted that traffic flow on the Pacific Highway will be improved between Industrial Drive and Old Maitland Road. This has been confirmed since the opening of the project. As predicted, traffic delays on the Pacific Highway have been significantly reduced with the turning traffic shared between the two intersections of the existing intersection at Wallsend Road, and the new bypass intersection.

The operation of the intersection at Wallsend Road and the Pacific Highway has been significantly improved since the Shortland to Sandgate project was opened, as most traffic currently turning right into and left out of Wallsend Road is now using the new intersection with the bypass.

Bridge columns at railway bridge looking north Deepcreek bridge looking north Formwork for concrete pour at railway bridge Maitland Road fill looking north Steel fixing at railway bridge Steel girders and bracing at railway bridge Sandgate Road interchange looking east Sandgate Road interchange looking east Overview - Shortland to Sandgate Overview - Shortland to Sandgate project Finishing substructure of rail bridge Aerial View Sandgate Road Bridge Placing concrete on rail bridge substructure Finishing works at Sandgate Road bridge Restart of works pier 1 of the rail overbridges construction in the Main Northern Railway corridor Restart of works pier 1 of the rail overbridges construction in the Main Northern Railway corridor Restart of works pier 1 of the rail overbridges construction in the Main Northern Railway corridor Aerial photo of Sandgate Road overbridge Aerial photo of Sandgate Road overbridge Aerial view of alignment looking north Aerial view - Pacific Highway Railway bridge aerial view Railway bridge girders Sandgate Road Bridge Sandgate Road Bridge Sandgate Road Bridge Aerial view Sandgate Road bridge Deepbridge Creek piling Railway Bridge girders Railway Bridge girders Alignment Looking South Sandgate Road Bridge Sandgate Road Bridge Deck Pour Deepbridge Creek Looking North Shortland to Sandgate alignment Sandgate Road Deepbridge Railway Watermains Construction works Construction works  Construction works  Construction works  Construction works  Construction progress - January 2011 Construction progress - January 2011