Vandalism as major road work continues ahead of the Newcastle 500 Supercars event

Tensions remain high in the city as the Newcastle 500 Supercars race draws closer.

Pictures circulated on social media on Monday afternoon of vandalism in the East End work zone.

The words “liars”, “shame” and “spin” had been scrawled on signs that were erected to explain that work taking place in the area was part of preparation for the race.

It comes as major work continues in the city’s East End ahead of the November event.

Race organisers say the specially-constructed hairpin bend near Horseshoe and Nobbys beaches will open to general traffic in the coming days – possibly by the end of this week.

According to the latest Supercars Australia Build Notice, the access road to Horseshoe Beach will be temporarily closed while more upgrades take place this week.

But there will be access to the beach carpark via a new road through Camp Shortland.

Pedestrian detours will also be in place in the area while access alongside the Port Corporation building is temporarily closed to foot traffic.

Work on Watt Street also continues this week, with crews turning their attention to driveway upgrades.

According to the build notice, work in the city will take place between 7am and 5pm until Friday, 8am to 1pm on Saturday and 9am to 3pm on Sunday.

This week’s work included water main installation, electrical works, earth works, the relocation of utilities and laying of stormwater drain pipes.

“Traffic management signage and traffic controllers will continue to be in place to ensure the smooth passage of vehicles and pedestrians around all work zones,” the work notice stated.

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