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Work progressing smoothly on Newcastle Inner City Bypass


Work is progressing smoothly on the Newcastle Inner City Bypass between Rankin Park and Jesmond, according to Transport for NSW (TfNSW).

However, the latest stage of the project means there will be changed traffic conditions in the area until next month.

TfNSW crews are carrying out operations from the southern interchange on Lookout Road and McCaffrey Drive, at New Lambton Heights, to the northern interchange on Newcastle Road and Main Road, at Jesmond.

Additional work will take place in Jesmond Park and near the John Hunter Hospital, too.

A TfNSW spokesperson said it was important for motorists to stay vigilant around the sites.

“The work will involve general road and bridge construction, including concrete pouring of structural elements and piling at both future interchanges,” they explained.

“There’s also plenty occurring at Jesmond.

“That includes drainage work to install a new culvert and pipe network, utilities relocations including electrical work and permanent street lighting, road pavement construction and modifications to the traffic control systems to adjust traffic flow.

“Earthworks will continue and some hauling across McCaffrey Drive is expected to be completed at night to minimise heavy vehicle traffic during peak hour and to reduce overall truck movements.

“Asphalting is taking place along McCaffrey Drive on occasion as well, to maintain the roadway.”

To ensure the safety of workers and motorists, and to minimise traffic impacts, night work will be carried out from now until Monday 15 April (Sunday to Thursday nights) from 6pm to 7am.

Meanwhile, day work is continuing between 7am and 6pm (Monday to Friday) and 8am until 5pm (Saturday).

No work is planned on public holidays.

“Traffic control, temporary lane closures and machinery operating in or next to the road lanes will be in place during night work,” the spokesperson said.

“So, we’re advising motorists to drive to the conditions, keep to sign-posted speed limits and follow the directions of signs and traffic control.

“We thank everyone for their patience during this time.”

For the latest traffic updates, download the Live Traffic NSW app, visit or phone 132 701.

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