Roads and Maritime Services has refined the Newcastle Inner City Bypass design for the fifth stage, Rankin Park to Jesmond, taking into consideration submissions received by the community and other government agencies during the exhibition of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the design changes include a shared path at the northern interchange for the Jesmond Park cycleway to improve accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists, and a shared path bridge leading to an underpass of the proposed Newcastle Inner City Bypass.
“As announced last August, south facing ramps have been added at the hospital to deliver a full interchange, which would provide access in all directions between the bypass and the John Hunter Hospital precinct,” Mr MacDonald said.
A project update providing information about these design refinements is now available to view online at http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/hunter/newcastle-inner-city-bypass/rankin-park-to-jesmond/index.html or to collect at a Service NSW Centre in Wallsend, Newcastle and Warners Bay. Copies are also available at Newcastle City Council and Lake Macquarie City Council.
Roads and Maritime is carrying out additional investigations to prepare a submissions and preferred infrastructure report which will document all issues raised during the EIS exhibition and provide responses. The report is expected to be released later this year.