The next stage of early works on the Newcastle Inner City Bypass, between Rankin Park and Jesmond, is set to take place next week.
Starting on Monday 22 February, contractors will begin to prepare the site for major development by demolishing and removing a number of vacated residential buildings on Lookout Road in New Lambton Heights.
Earth works to level the location will also be undertaken when the buildings have been removed.
A no-stopping zone has been established outside the properties where the work is being carried out.
The bus stop on the western side of Lookout Road will not be impacted by the work.
Residents and motorists are advised most of the work will be carried out during the day, with crews working between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday; and Saturday between 8am and 5pm, weather permitting.
There will also be some temporary traffic changes to ensure the zone is safe with partial lane closures – and a reduced 40km/h speed limit.
“This is very exciting and has been a long time coming,” Wallsend state MP Sonia Hornery said.
“This will be the first real physical sign of works on the Bypass and I know the community’s excited to see it get underway.
“These works are the next important step in the construction of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass.
“This will be the site of the southern interchange of the bypass and vehicles will travel right through where these homes currently stand.
“Demolishing the homes will also allow for the necessary utility work that needs to be undertaken with the relocation of power and water assets.
“The works are expected to be completed by May, so the next stage can begin.
“I look forward to seeing the work progress quickly and the bypass really start to take shape.”