The Australian and NSW governments are funding the Rankin Park to Jesmond section of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass. The 3.4 kilometre bypass would be built between Rankin Park and Jesmond, to the west of John Hunter Hospital.
JAN 2022Out of hours early works
Early work to relocate major utilities at the southern end of the Rankin Park to Jesmond project will be continuing from January 2022 to March 2022. We will be carrying out essential night work on Lookout Road, McCaffrey Drive and surrounding areas. Work is required outside normal project hours for the safety of workers and road users, and to minimise traffic delays. Work hours will be between 7pm and 6am, Monday to Friday, weather permitting. High impact noisy work will be done before 11pm.
View the January 2022 project notification (PDF, 638Kb) for more information.
The Rankin Park to Jesmond section of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass would provide traffic relief to the surrounding road network, in particular the existing route of Lookout Road, Croudace Street and Newcastle Road.
The project would involve building a 3.4 kilometre four-lane divided road including:
- a northern interchange at Newcastle Road
- an interchange providing access to John Hunter Hospital precinct
- a southern interchange at Lookout Road
- structures provided along the bypass to improve connectivity in the bushland for people and animals
- off-road provisions for pedestrians and cyclists including a shared path bridge over Newcastle Road at Jesmond.
A concept design and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was developed to identify potential environmental, social and economic impact during construction and operation. The concept design was completed in March 2018. The Department of Planning and Environment placed the EIS on public exhibition between 16 November and 16 December 2016.
The Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report (SPIR) was prepared following public exhibition of the EIS to address all issues raised and provide responses. The SPIR was lodged with the Department of Planning & Environment on 28 June 2018.
The project received environmental approval from the Minister for Planning on 15 February 2019. More information is available in our Project Documents.
We have now called tenders for the major construction of the bypass. The contract is expected to be awarded in early 2022, with construction starting in the second half of the year.
We will continue to keep the community and key stakeholders informed as planning progresses for the Rankin Park to Jesmond bypass project.
The bypass is expected to open to traffic in 2025.