Work on inner-city bypass resumes

WORK is expected to resume this week at the site of the Shortland to Sandgate section of the Newcastle inner-city bypass.

Construction of the $133-million, 1.8-kilometre section of the bypass came to a halt when building contractor Reed Constructions fell into financial woes, leaving several road projects in NSW in turmoil.

Hunter Expressway alliance contractor Thiess was appointed in June to take over, after several months of delays at the site.

Work will now resume on the site, focusing on the completion of the Sandgate Road bridge and foundation work associated with the bridges over the Main Northern railway line.

Ongoing work would also include stormwater drainage and building the twin bridges at Deepbridge Creek.

The finished section will extend the bypass from Sandgate Road to the Pacific Highway, about 300metres north of the Sandgate Cemetery.

A spokeswoman for Roads Minister Duncan Gay said it was expected the project would be finished by the end of next year, weather permitting.

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