Construction on the Newcastle Inner City Bypass will involve a major operation this weekend which will close Newcastle Road overnight.
The road will be closed from 9pm on Saturday 10 October to 10am on Sunday 11 October as part of work to build the shared path bridge at Jesmond.
The bridge is expected to improve traffic flow on Newcastle Road after it is opened to pedestrians and cyclists next year.
Once complete, the pedestrian lights west of the ramp will be removed in a bid to allow traffic to move freely along the stretch.
“Motorists and residents will soon see the bridge cross Newcastle Road for the first time after the 34 metre, 44 tonne precast section is lifted into place overnight on Saturday,” Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Catherine Cusack, said.
“This span, which is an eye-catching hot ginger colour, will be delivered to the project site on Thursday and crews from contractor Daracon Group and Transport for NSW are preparing for a busy night.”
Ms Cusack said most work was complete on the elevated ramps to the north and south, so lifting the span into place is a major step forward for the project.
“The team will bring in a 400 tonne all-terrain crane to ensure the span is safely lifted and secured,” she said.
“The lift will only take about two hours to complete but the road will be closed to allow the crane to be moved into position and then removed once its work is done.
“Newcastle Road will be closed between Croudace Street and the Jesmond roundabout to allow the crews to work safely, with local detours in place via University Drive.”
Mr Cusack added that the $15 million project was also helping to sustain 45 full-time positions and providing work for 62 contractors and suppliers.
Transport for NSW thanks road users and residents for their patience while this essential work is carried out. For more information about the project, visit the RMS website.