CHANGED TRAFFIC CONDITIONS
The Bypass will open to traffic mid-morning on Thursday 23 January 2014 after the peak travel period, weather permitting.
There is signage on the approaches to the bypass which advise motorists how to use the new road. This includes electronic message signs on major routes near the new extension of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass, including Main Road at Shortland and the Pacific Highway (Maitland Road) at Sandgate.
The northbound on-ramp and southbound turn bay at the Sandgate Road interchange will remain closed until finishing work is completed at the interchange in the coming months. 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 Sandgate to Shortland 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 will pass 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 will join the Pacific Highway at a new signalised intersection, consistent with other intersections along the route.
Traffic modelling for the project predicts that traffic flow on the Pacific Highway will be improved between Industrial Drive and Old Maitland Road. It is expected that traffic delays on the Pacific Highway will be 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 is expected to be significantly improved when the Shortland to Sandgate project is opened, as most traffic currently turning right into and left out of Wallsend Road will now use the new intersection with the bypass.