What has happened so far
Bridges over the Main Northern Railway
Another milestone was achieved in mid-May on the Newcastle Inner City Bypass project with the launching of the southbound bridge, which is the second of the twin bridges being built over the Main Northern Railway at Sandgate.
The project includes two bridges over the Main Northern Railway that consist of three spans, with an overall length of 112 metres. The northbound bridge was successfully launched in March this year. The work is unusual, as it involved pushing an almost complete bridge, with a mass of over 1,000 tonnes, across the railway corridor, with a maximum distance of 51 metres between supports. Although the railway lines were closed during this operation, the heavy mass of the structure makes this a major engineering and logistic challenge. The launch was planned in this way to avoid the need for any heavy engineering work between the railway lines. The design uses a combination of steel beams and a concrete deck, to minimise the weight for launching.
The launching method used on the project is not widely used in Australia. Its use here has prevented disruption to the Main Northern Railway, which is the main coal supply corridor to the Port of Newcastle, the largest coal exporting port in the world.
Now that both bridges are in place, further work can proceed, including completion of the concrete decks, construction of approach slabs, installation of traffic barriers and erection of safety screens.
The new bridges will provide two 3.5 metre wide travel lanes in each direction, as well as an additional crossing of the Main Northern Railway for traffic using the Newcastle Inner City Bypass.
Sandgate Road bridge
The construction of the Sandgate Road bridge is now complete and traffic was switched to the new bridge on 30 November 2012. The opening of the Sandgate Road bridge was an important milestone for the Newcastle Inner City Bypass project.
Located at the southern end of the Sandgate to Shortland project, the new bridge forms part of the final grade separated interchange. The new bridge provides a 2.5 metre wide pedestrian footpath along its northern side with two 3.5 metre wide travel lanes. A 40 km/h speed zone will remain over the new bridge until adjacent construction work is completed.
After the bridge opened, work started in April 2013 to excavate the old Sandgate Road to allow completion of that section of the bypass. The remaining interchange work at the Sandgate Road roundabout and southbound on-ramp will continue over the coming months. Final
resurfacing of Sandgate Road at either end of the bridge will be completed once the bypass has been opened to traffic.
Road pavement and drainage work is well underway and will continue at various locations along the bypass alignment.
Upcoming aand ongoing work
- Excavation of old Sandgate Road and completion of Sandgate interchange.
- Completion of Deepbridge Creek and railway bridges.
- Maitland Road intersection works.
- Completion of earthworks and road pavement.
Information for subcontractors engaged by Reed on recent RMS contracts
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has received a large number of enquiries regarding its position on many issues following the appointment of the Administrator (and then the Liquidator) to Reed Constructions Australia (Reed).
An 'Information Sheet for Subcontractors' and its attachment 'Cross Checking Flowchart' is intended to provide subcontractors and suppliers with information on the matters as they currently stand.
View or download the information sheet and flowchart (PDF, 100KB).
On 28 May 2012, The Minister for Roads and Ports announced that Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) had decided to end its contractual arrangements (PDF, 98KB) with Reed Constructions.
RMS has now partnered (PDF, 100KB) with the Hunter Expressway Alliance contractor, Thiess Pty Ltd, to complete the Shortland to Sandgate section of the Newcastle inner City Bypass.
Thiess has agreed to expedite recommencement of construction on the project and is continuing discussions with the former Reed Construction Australia sub contractors to offer them the first opportunity to work on the project. Existing subcontractors and suppliers' details have been provided to the Hunter Expressway Alliance project team for that purpose.
The Hunter Expressway Alliance project team are onsite to answer any questions the community may have about the restart of the project. The project team can be contacted on 1800 334 541 (toll free).
Completion of the project is currently planned for the end of 2013. This project website will be updated as construction progresses.
Notice for subcontractors and suppliers
An email contact address is available for existing subcontractors and suppliers interested in continuing work: ReedSubcontractors@rms.nsw.gov.au.
Existing subcontractors and suppliers can also phone 1300 761 435 to register interest in continuing work.