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
General information
Type Freeway
Length 15.6 km (9.7 mi)
(upon completion)
Route number(s) A37
route number
State Route 123
Major junctions
Bennetts GreenNew Lambton Heights
South end Pacific Highway, Bennetts Green
  • Warners Bay Road
  • Hillsborough Road
  • Myall Road
  • Carnley Avenue
  • Cardiff Road
North end McCaffrey Drive, New Lambton Heights
South end Newcastle Road
  • University Drive
  • Sandgate Road
North end Pacific Highway, Sandgate
Region Hunter
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 was opened to traffic in 2003.[3] The second section leads up the ridge and 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 work starting in April 2011.[6] On 28 May 2012 Roads and Maritime Services terminated its contract with Reed Constructions which had been placed in liquidation, and remaining works were completed by Thiess, the prime contractor for the Hunter Expressway.[7]

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


South end[edit]

Location km mi Destinations Notes
Bennetts Green 0.0 0.0 Pacific HighwayCharlestown, Belmont, Sydney / Lake Street – Windale Traffic lights
Hillsborough 2.2 1.4 Warners Bay Road – Charlestown, Warners Bay North on / south off only
4.1 2.5 Hillsborough Road – Charlestown, Warners Bay
Kotara South 5 3.1 Myall Road – Cardiff, Kotara Northbound on and off only
Kotara 5.4 3.4 Charlestown Road/Park Avenue/Johnson Street – Cardiff, Kotara Southbound on and off only
5.6 3.5 Main North railway line through Tickhole Tunnel[disputed ]
5.9 3.7 Kimbarra Close Uncontrolled intersection
6.0 3.7 Peatties Road Traffic lights
6.2 3.9 Carnley Avenue – Broadmeadow Traffic lights
New Lambton Heights 6.4 4.0 Hurn Street Uncontrolled
6.8 4.2 Cardiff Road – Cardiff Traffic lights
7.0 4.3 Grandview Road Uncontrolled
7.6 4.7 McCaffrey Drive – Wallsend Continues as Lookout Road
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

North end[edit]

Location km mi Destinations Notes
Jesmond 10.7 6.6 Newcastle Road – Lambton, Newcastle, Charlestown, Wallsend Roundabout
Birmingham Gardens 11.7 7.3 University Drive – Birmingham Gardens, Waratah West, University of Newcastle
Shortland 13.9 8.6 Sandgate Road – Shortland, Hunter Wetlands Centre No exit southbound
Sandgate Main North railway line
15.6 9.7 Pacific Highway (Maitland Road) – Hexham, Maitland, Taree Traffic lights
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[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 (PDF) 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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