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This includes road widening, road surface improvement, providing turning facilities at Blowhole Road, and a path between Blowhole Road and Old Jetty Road.

About the project

The Arthur Highway – Eaglehawk Neck Road Widening project aims to improve by safety by widening the road, improving the road surface, and providing turning facilities at Blowhole Road.

The project also includes the construction of a path between Old Jetty Road and Blowhole Road.

The works also include the construction of a sea wall along Eaglehawk Bay to allow for the road widening and to prevent future erosion of the coastline that lines the bay in this location.

This initiative supports Tasmania’s visitor economy, addresses long-standing safety concerns, and supports the Department of State Growth’s Toward Zero initiative for safe roads and roadsides.

Timing

We will start work on Monday, 31 January 2022.

We will be working between 7:00am and 5:30pm from Monday to Friday and expect to be finished by the end of 2022.

Traffic changes – January 2022

There will be a reduced speed limit and lane closures will be in place during our working hours.

Please allow up to eight minutes extra travel time during this work.

Please keep to speed limits and follow the directions of traffic controllers and signs.

Pedestrian access to the Community Hall and the Pirates Bay beach will be affected, please observe signage and detour notices.

1Maps and designs

Click on the image below to view the project design in full size.

Eaglehawk Neck Safety Upgrade design

2Community consultation

Prior to the start of construction in November 2020, concerns were raised by the Aboriginal community about the impact on cultural heritage in the area and construction was paused.

We have since further consulted the Aboriginal community and regulatory authorities to revise the design.

The revised design addresses concerns raised by the Aboriginal community by removing all ground disturbing activities within identified cultural heritage areas.

The revised design also meets the safety objectives of the project by providing:

A 1.5 metre wide path for pedestrians from the bus stop opposite Old Jetty Road to Blowhole Road, including safety barrier between the road and the path.

3 metre wide traffic lanes and new safety barrier on the western side of the highway to improve safety for vehicles.

1 metre wide road shoulder in both directions.

We asked the community for their feedback in July 2021.

Click for a summary report of the feedback received during the consultation process: Consultation Summary Report - Eaglehawk Neck Safety Upgrades.

3Past community consultation

We asked the community for their feedback in January-February 2020.

We reviewed feedback from the community and completed a Consultation Summary Report .

This will be updated following feedback received during the public display period in July 2021.

For further information about off-road walking tracks in the area, contact Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service.

Contact

For more information on this project, please contact the project team or (03) 6210 0662 or by email: participate@ghd.com