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Newcastle Inner City Bypass a ‘hive of activity’


Work is progressing well on the new section of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass with early operations, including utility relocation, already underway.

In fact, motorists are starting to see a “hive of activity” at the site between Rankin Park and Jesmond.

The $450 million project, funded by the NSW and Australian governments, is expected to be completed by the end of 2025.

It will provide traffic relief to the surrounding road network, in particular the existing route of Lookout Road, Croudace Street and Newcastle Road, used by about 40,000 to 60,000 vehicles daily.


Transport for NSW region north director Anna Zycki said work, including the completion of the archaeological salvage of shanty town “Hollywood”, was proceeding accordingly.

“Utility investigations, installation and relocation have started,” she explained.

“We’ve also completed the recovery of the historical 1920’s era Hollywood camp.

“Our archaeologists unearthed a multitude of artefacts from the site, which was home to scores of people who became homeless during The Great Depression.

“Road users will soon notice work ramping up with the installation of safety barriers and line marking, with traffic signage continuing to support road realigning and adjustments.”

Ms Zycki admitted the Newcastle Inner City Bypass would remove up to 30,000 vehicles each day from the existing route.

“It’s a huge win for the community and freight operators,” she said.

“Once completed, motorists travelling on the new section of bypass will avoid numerous sets of traffic lights, making it a smoother trip.”

She added preparation was underway for upcoming bridgework at the northern interchange, too.

“Piling rigs arrived on site in mid-June and bridge piling work has started,” Ms Zycki said.

“There are six bridges being built as part of the bypass and more than 60 piles will be installed.

“Cumulatively, drill holes for the piles will be more than 1.2 kilometres deep, which is more than the Eiffel Tower stacked end-to-end four times.

“There’ll also be 190 tonnes of reinforcement used in the piles, equating to the weight of more than 32 elephants.”

The new online interactive project portal is now live and features an interactive map showing the project design, before and after images, animation videos, work activity and more.

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