Work progressing to upgrade the Newcastle Interchange

8 August 2011

A Roads and Traffic Authority spokesperson said work to upgrade the existing Newcastle interchange is progressing well, with work to soon start to rebuild the northbound F3 Freeway exit ramp.

“To allow this work to continue, the Newcastle exit ramp will be temporarily closed and motorists will be detoured,” the spokesperson said.

“This closure will be in place from 9pm on Friday 12 August 2011 for around 12 months, weather permitting.

“This work is part of the $1.7 billion Hunter Expressway project, jointly funded by the Federal and NSW governments.

“Eight new bridges will be built for the Newcastle interchange, with three spanning the existing F3 Freeway. Work on the bridge foundations is already under way for the first of these eight new bridges.

“Old mine voids between 70 and 120 metres below the surface of the future four-lane Hunter Expressway are being filled to ensure a solid foundation for the bridges.

“So far, more than 500 holes have been drilled into the old mine workings at the F3 interchange and about 40,000 cubic metres of grout has been used to fill the voids under the future bridges.

“The mine filling and bridge pier work near the freeway has been carefully planned to minimise the disruption to motorists.

“Earthwork at the Newcastle interchange started in January this year and already about 30,000 cubic metres of soil has been excavated,” the spokesperson said.

During the closure of the northbound exit ramp, motorists travelling northbound on the F3 Freeway to Newcastle will be directed to use the Cardiff (George Booth Drive) exit and travel along Cameron Park Drive to access Newcastle Link Road.

Motorists on Newcastle Link Road travelling north to Maitland or south on the F3 Freeway will not be affected by this closure.

The alternative route for motorists will be clearly signposted and information is available on the project website.

The Roads and Traffic Authority thanks motorists for their patience during this important work.

Be roadwork aware, slow down and take care – roadwork speed limits are enforceable.

For more information about the project, go to the Hunter Expressway page or phone toll free 1800 001 267.

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