Construction for the fifth stage of Newcastle’s Inner City Bypass will deliver the ‘missing link’ between Rankin Park and Jesmond in October this year.
This section of construction works of the fifth section of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass will lead to a faster, safer commute for locals who can bypass 11 sets of traffic lights along this notorious stretch of road.
The contract will also involve delivering an early works package on Lookout Road and McCaffrey Drive to enable Fulton Hogan to accelerate work around the southern interchange later this year.
“The NSW Government has committed $90 million towards this project, which is expected to create up to 900 jobs during major work,” says the NSW Metropolitan Roads Minister, Natalie Ward.
Major work is expected to start in October this year, with the first cars expected to drive along the new bypass in 2025.
“This 3.4-kilometre stage of the bypass will be one of Newcastle’s largest infrastructure projects,” says the Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister, Catherine King.
The $450 million project is jointly funded on an 80:20 basis by the Australian and New South Wales governments.
Transport for NSW is working closely with NSW Health to ensure the project aligns with work on the John Hunter Health Innovation Precinct and to provide a second access road to the hospital campus.
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About the Newcastle Inner City Bypass
The Newcastle Inner City Bypass is part of Transport for NSW’s long-term strategy to provide an orbital road within Newcastle’s road network to connect the Pacific Highway at Bennetts Green with the Pacific Highway at Sandgate.
The bypass provides improved traffic flows across the western suburbs of Newcastle and connectivity to Bennetts Green, Charlestown and Jesmond shopping centres, the John Hunter Hospital precinct at New Lambton Heights and the University of Newcastle at Callahan with connections to the Pacific Highway.
Construction of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass started in the early 1980s.
Sections of the bypass are:
- Kotara to Rankin Park (completed in 1983)
- Jesmond to Shortland (completed in 1993)
- West Charlestown Bypass (completed in 2003)
- Shortland to Sandgate (completed in 2014)
- Rankin Park to Jesmond
Source: Transport for NSW
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