Shared path bridge now complete

10 March 2021

The first part of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass Rankin Park to Jesmond project is now complete, with construction finished on the shared path bridge over Newcastle Road.

Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the NSW Government-funded $15 million bridge, which was built by Transport for NSW contractors Daracon, has been popular with both cyclists and pedestrians since it opened.

“By opening the new bridge and removing a set of pedestrian traffic lights at this location, we have been able to improve traffic flow and safety for about 60,000 vehicles using Newcastle Road each day,” Mr Constance said.

“The bridge construction supported 45 full time positions and provided work for another 62 contractors and suppliers.”

Early work for the bypass has started with the demolition and site clearing of properties in New Lambton Heights, which were acquired by Transport for NSW for the project.

“Tenders for the next stage of early work, including utility relocations at the southern end of the bypass, are currently being assessed and work should start by mid-year, weather permitting,” Mr Constance said.

Enrolment for registrations of interest from pre-qualified, major construction contractors for the major part of the multi-million dollar 3.4 kilometre project have also opened.

A contract for construction is expected to be awarded by the end of the year.

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