Planning for the fifth section of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass between Rankin Park and Jesmond is progressing well, with the contract for the design of early work now awarded.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the NSW Liberal National Government is funding the construction of this section of the bypass which is expected to provide traffic relief to the surrounding road network, in particular the existing route through Lookout Road, Croudace Street and Newcastle Road.
“Early work involves designing a shared path bridge over Newcastle Road. Roads and Maritime Services has awarded the contract for the detailed design of the bridge to Aurecon Australasia Pty Ltd,” Mr MacDonald said.
“Aurecon Australasia will now start work on the detailed design of the shared path bridge works so the bridge can be built ahead of the new bypass.
“The shared path bridge over Newcastle Road would be to the west of the intersection with Steel Street and would replace the existing mid-block traffic light pedestrian crossing located on Newcastle Road near Hill Street.”
Mr MacDonald said motorists can expect improved traffic flow and road safety on Newcastle Road once the crossing is removed.
“The shared path bridge would be linked to existing facilities on either side of Newcastle Road and would improve safety for both pedestrians and cyclists,” Mr MacDonald said.
“The Department of Planning and Environment placed the environmental impact statement on public exhibition between 16th November and 16th December 2016.
“The submissions have been received by Roads and Maritime and additional investigations are being carried out.”
After additional investigations and analysis are carried out, a submissions and preferred infrastructure report will be prepared to provide responses to all issues raised. This report is expected to be finalised in mid-2018.
Further information is available online at http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/hunter/newcastle-inner-city-bypass/rankin-park-to-jesmond/index.html