Shortland to Sandgate
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.