Shortland to Sandgate
The Shortland to Sandgate section of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass opened to traffic on Thursday 23 January 2014.
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.
An overview of the Shortland to Sandgate project, including Aboriginal artwork that was installed as part of the project, is available on the project overview page.
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.