Newcastle Inner City Bypass

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Newcastle Inner City Bypass
New South Wales
Newcastle Inner City Bypass is located in New South Wales
Newcastle Inner City Bypass
Newcastle Inner City Bypass
Newcastle Inner City Bypass
Coordinates 32°59′40.4″S 151°41′16.1″E / 32.994556°S 151.687806°E / -32.994556; 151.687806
General information
Type Freeway
Length 15.6 km (9.7 mi)
(upon completion)
Route number(s) A37
Former
route number
State Route 123
Major junctions
Bennetts GreenNew Lambton Heights
(7.6km)
South end Pacific Highway, Bennetts Green
 
  • Warners Bay Road
  • Hillsborough Road
  • Myall Road
  • Carnley Avenue
  • Cardiff Road
North end McCaffrey Drive, New Lambton Heights
JesmondSandgate
(4.9km)
South end Newcastle Road
 
  • University Drive
  • Sandgate Road
North end Pacific Highway, Sandgate
Location(s)
Region Hunter
LGA(s)
Major suburbs
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in New South Wales

The Newcastle Inner City Bypass is a road in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie New South Wales, Australia. Alternate titles include State Highway 23, Main Road 123 and H23.[1]

The road is divided into five sections.[2] The southern most section is the West Charlestown Bypass, which is a 6.5 km long freeway standard road which was opened to traffic in 2003.[3] The second section consists of parts of Charlestown Road and Lookout Road, which were widened into a divided dual carriageway non-freeway configuration during the 1980s. The third section is a planned freeway diverging from Lookout Road near the intersection of McCaffrey Drive, skirting around the west of the John Hunter Hospital and passing over Newcastle Road to join the fourth section,[4] the Jesmond bypass, which is a freeway that was constructed during the 1990s. The fifth section is another freeway section from the northern end of the Jesmond Bypass to the Pacific Highway at Sandgate.

With the third section of the route not yet completed, a more circuitous route through suburban roads remains in use for the gap between the second and fourth sections. From the end of the Charlestown Bypass, it is necessary to follow Lookout Road, which becomes Croudace Street, before turning left onto Newcastle Road. Approximately 1.3 km (0.8 mi) after turning left, the Inner City Bypass is rejoined by turning right at the Jesmond roundabout.

Pre-construction early works for the northern most section, between Shortland and Sandgate, began in June 2010. The work to be completed as part of that contract was for digging a cutting where the Sandgate Road bridge has been built over the bypass and filling two other areas, including constructing retaining walls and relocating water mains.[5] The contract for construction of that section was awarded to Reed Constructions in February 2011, with construction starting in April 2011.[6] On 28 May 2012 Roads and Maritime Services decided to terminate its contract with Reed Constructions, which is in liquidation, and remaining works are being completed by Thiess Pty Ltd, the prime contractor for the Hunter Expressway.[7]

The Shortland – Sandgate section of the bypass was unofficially opened on 16 January 2014 and was opened to traffic on 23 January 2014.[8]

Interchanges[edit]

Newcastle Inner City Bypass
Northbound exits Distance from
Bennetts Green
(km)
Southbound exits
End Newcastle Inner City Bypass
continues as Pacific Highway
to Hexham, Maitland and Taree Australia W3-3.svg
15.6 Start Newcastle Inner City Bypass
from Pacific Highway
End Motorway Section Start Motorway Section
Shortland, Mayfield Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport
Sandgate Road
13.9 no exit
Birmingham Gardens, Jesmond, University of Newcastle, Waratah West
University Drive
11.7 Birmingham Gardens, Jesmond, Waratah West, University of Newcastle
University Drive
Start Motorway Section 10.7 End Motorway Section
Australia R1-3.svg Roundabout (clockwise from bypass)
Newcastle Road to Lambton, Newcastle and Charlestown
Newcastle Road to Wallsend and Sydney
Rankin Park to Jesmond section
- IN PLANNING -
Australia W3-3.svg Traffic Lights (clockwise from bypass)
McCaffrey Drive to Wallsend
Lookout Road to Lambton, Maitland and Taree
Grandview Road High Speed Intersection 7 Grandview Road High Speed Intersection
Cardiff
Cardiff Road Australia W3-3.svg
6.8 Cardiff
Cardiff Road Australia W3-3.svg
Hurn Street High Speed Intersection 6.4 Hurn Street High Speed Intersection
Broadmeadow
Carnley Avenue Australia W3-3.svg
6.2 Broadmeadow
Carnley Avenue Australia W3-3.svg
Peatties Road Australia W3-3.svg 6 Peatties Road Australia W3-3.svg
Kimbarra Close High Speed Intersection 5.9 Kimbarra Close High Speed Intersection
End Motorway Section 5.6 Start Motorway Section
no exit 5.4 Cardiff, Kotara
Park Avenue
Charlestown Road
Cardiff, Kotara
Myall Road
5 no exit
Charlestown, Warners Bay
Hillsborough Road
4.1 Charlestown, Warners Bay
Hillsborough Road
no exit 2.2 Charlestown, Warners Bay
Warners Bay Road
Start Motorway Section 0 End Motorway Section
Australia W3-3.svg Traffic Lights (clockwise from bypass)
Pacific Highway to Charlestown
Pacific Highway to Belmont and Sydney
Lake Street to Windale

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Newcastle inner city bypass Sandgate to Shortland. Review of environmental factors". NSW Roads and Traffic Authority. 30 June 2006. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Newcastle Inner City Bypass". NSW Roads and Traffic Authority. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  3. ^ A Colenbrander; W Davies; R Handley (23 March 2004). "West Charlestown Bypass: Construction of Urban Freeway Embankments using High Plasticity Clays" (PDF). GHD Group. Archived from the original on 14 September 2007. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Barker, Sarah (4 March 2008). "Rankin Park to Jesmond – Submissions Report, RTA, March 2008" (PDF). NSW Roads and Traffic Authority. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Archived Tender Detail View – RTA.09.2535.2697". NSW Roads and Traffic Authority. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Proposed upgrade of Newcastle Inner City Bypass between Shortland and Sandgate". NSW Roads and Traffic Authority. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Work Restarts Shortland to Sandgate". Roads and Maritime Services. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Davis, Belinda-Jane (16 January 2014). "Bypass opening next week, expressway soon". The Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 

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