Shared path bridge open over Newcastle Road

19 November 2020

Pedestrians and cyclists have taken their first trips across the new shared path bridge over Newcastle Road, as early work continues on the Newcastle Inner City Bypass.

Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said Transport for NSW and contractors Daracon have been working since late last year on the new bridge, which replaces the existing pedestrian lights on Newcastle Road.

“The $15 million investment by the NSW Government in this bridge will improve both traffic flow on Newcastle Road and safety for pedestrians and cyclists,” Mr Constance said.

“This project has been a strong contributor to the Newcastle economy, helping sustain 45 full time positions and providing work for 62 contractors and suppliers during construction.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Catherine Cusack said work to complete the project will continue over the next few months.

“While the bridge is now open to pedestrians and cyclists, work around the bridge is still being finalised, including construction of a sandstone retaining wall, removing the existing pedestrian lights and landscaping,” Ms Cusack said.

“All work on site is expected to be completed in early 2021, weather permitting.”

The next stage of early work on the Newcastle Inner City Bypass project will include site preparation and utility relocation in New Lambton Heights. The contract for the utility relocation early work is due to be awarded in early 2021, with work starting later in the year.

Tenders for the main construction of the bypass will be invited in the second half of 2021.

For more information about the project, visit Rankin Park to Jesmond - Newcastle Inner City Bypass.

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