Shortland to Sandgate bypass

Shortland to Sandgate - Newcastle Inner City Bypass - completed

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. The bypass section opened to traffic in January 2014.

About this project

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.

The road passes underneath Sandgate Road at Shortland, bridge over Deepbridge Creek and the Main Northern Railway line, runs past the western side of Sandgate Cemetery and joins the Pacific Highway at Sandgate.

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 in sections below.

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.

The Shortland to Sandgate section of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass opened to traffic on Thursday 23 January 2014.

The Shortland to Sandgate project involved building 1.8 kilometres of four lane, divided road which runs from Sandgate Road at Shortland and joins the Pacific Highway at Sandgate.

The project also includes five new bridges, including twin bridges over the Main Northern Railway Line, and an interchange at Sandgate Road for access onto the bypass.

The newly built intersection of the bypass and the Pacific Highway is expected to help reduce traffic delays on the Pacific Highway with motorists now able to use both the bypass and Wallsend Road intersections.

The opening of the Shortland to Sandgate section completes the fourth stage of the long-standing Newcastle Inner City Bypass scheme, which runs between the Pacific Highway at Windale and the Pacific Highway at Sandgate.

Other sections of the bypass completed to date are the West Charlestown Bypass (Bennetts Green to Kotara Heights), Kotara Heights to Rankin Park and Jesmond to Shortland.

As part of the Shortland to Sandgate project, Aboriginal artwork panels have been stencilled into the footpath area at either end of the Sandgate Road bridge.

Two artists were engaged by the Awabakal Aboriginal Land Council to produce these artworks.

The artworks represent both male and female Aboriginal perspectives.

Plaques with descriptive wording have been installed alongside the artworks to describe the story behind each stencil.

The female artworks represent the Aboriginal community who lived around the Shortland Wetland area and the women whose role it was to raise and teach the children.

The second artwork depicts the role of Aboriginal women who would gather the food the community would eat.

The Aboriginal male artworks provide a story of the fish traps design and how the Aboriginal men trapped and fished in the area.

The application of these panels has now been completed following consultation with the artists and the Aboriginal community on their placement.

Environment - Shortland to Sandgate

A review of environmental factors was prepared to identify a comprehensive range of measures to minimise potential environmental effects during and after construction. These include:

  • Managing dust, water quality and construction traffic.
  • Minimising adverse effects on heritage and flora and fauna.
  • Addressing issues of local amenity, such as visual character, air and noise.

The review of environmental factors for the proposal was displayed for community comment in June 2006 and the project was determined in September 2007.

The Protection of the Environment Operation Act 1997 requires holders of environment protection licences (EPLs) to make pollution monitoring data required by the EPL publicly available.

The Hunter Expressway Alliance contractor, Thiess Pty Ltd holds an EPL for the road construction of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass. Condition M2 of the EPL requires Thiess Pty Ltd to monitor the concentration of total suspended solids, pH and visible oil and grease in waters discharged from sediment basins on the premises.


The project has not been required to discharge waters from the premises during the reporting period and therefore no monitoring has been undertaken.

Contact us

For all construction enquiries or to make a complaint please phone the project team on (02) 4908 7671

For all other project enquiries please contact:


Mail: Daniel Evans, Project Manager, Roads and Maritime Services, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300.

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