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Newcastle Inner City Bypass celebrates major milestone


Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is in celebration mode after the Newcastle Inner City Bypass marked a major milestone this week.

The first of the Rankin Park to Jesmond project’s 42 precast girders was lifted into position over the Jesmond roundabout on Monday night (27 May).

It’s the start of one of six bridges, which will help carry traffic on this busy thoroughfare.

“Having these girders lifted into place is really showing the Newcastle community the size of this project, as a key part of the bypass is being built before their eyes,” TfNSW Director Region North Anna Zycki said.

“Contractor Fulton Hogan will build this bridge using 27 Super-T girders, which weigh about 53 tonnes each and are 28.5 metres long.

“They are being installed using a 750-tonne crane, which is one of the largest in Australia.”

The current project involves building a 3.4-kilometre four-lane divided road to the west of John Hunter Hospital.  

Traffic was diverted from Newcastle Road overnight for the Super-T girders to be moved into place.

They connect the two piers built on the roundabout to create a three-span bridge.

“It’s a great day for Newcastle motorists and future visitors as we move closer to the completion of a project, which will transform the way people travel to, from and around the region,” Ms Zycki said.   

“The Newcastle Inner City Bypass will provide traffic relief for the local community by removing up to 30,000 vehicles each day from the existing route of Lookout Road, Croudace Street and Newcastle Road.

“These roads are currently being used by about 40,000 to 60,000 vehicles daily.

“So, once complete, locals will have less traffic to contend with during their daily life.”

The Australian and NSW governments are funding the fifth section of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass, which is a key route connecting the western suburbs of Newcastle.  

Once complete, it will provide a faster and more reliable journey for those travelling on it while improving safety on the surrounding road network with the number of crashes predicted to fall by about 30%.

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