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Boat Harbour Primary School - Improved Turning Facilities

This project will improve the safety and traffic flow on the Bass Highway through Boat Harbour.

About the project

The Tasmanian Government has committed $40 million to upgrade the Bass Highway, west of Wynyard. The Bass Highway – Wynyard to Marrawah Corridor Strategy, currently being developed, will identify projects including road-widening, overtaking lanes, intersection improvements, road reconstruction and general road safety measures.

As part of this government commitment, safer access for the Boat Harbour Primary School was identified, including right-turn facilities on the Bass Highway.

This project will provide safer access to and from Boat Harbour Primary School, Dobsons Lane, Fists Lane and the Boat Harbour store for the local community, and improve the safety and efficiency of the Bass Highway for all road users.

Key features and benefits

Key features include:

  • installation of a median turning lane along the Bass Highway through Boat Harbour
  • realignment and widening of the Bass Highway to accommodate the median lane
  • junction improvements at Boat Harbour Primary School, Dobsons Lane and Fists Lane.

The project will provide improved safety for road users by:

  • providing a median lane to allow cars to turn off the Bass Highway into Boat Harbour Primary School without stopping through traffic
  • providing turning lanes at the intersection with Dobsons and Fists Lanes
  • improving safety for vehicles travelling through Boat Harbour.

Timing

  • Community Consultation: July 2019
  • Tender: September 2019
  • Start of works: late 2019
  • End of works: mid 2020

Community Feedback

We asked the community for their feedback on proposed designs in mid 2019.

Key issues raised by the community during the consultation process included:

  • Potential vehicle conflict when using the median turning lane.
  • Access to the highway from Dobsons Lane.
  • The possible impact on Boat Harbour Store custom by removing informal parking on the opposite side of the highway.

Our responses to the key issues are:

Potential vehicle conflict when using the median turning lane.

  • The median turn lane has been designed to meet current safety standards. Median turn lanes are used Australia-wide to improve the safety of right turns.

Access to the highway from Dobsons Lane

  • This design improves sight distances for all vehicles exiting Dobsons Lane.

The possible impact on Boat Harbour Store custom by removing informal parking on the opposite side of the highway.

  • The informal parking on the opposite side of the highway from the Boat Harbour Store has been removed because is it unsafe for pedestrians to cross at this point, and vehicles parked here impact sight lines for vehicles travelling along the highway and exiting Fists Lane.
  • The median turn lane will make it safer for vehicles to turn into the parking area next to the store. The works will also provide an additional area to pull over next to the store.

You can download the full feedback report, which includes responses by the Department to issues raised by the community: Consultation Feedback Report (PDF, 469.75 KB)

Design plan

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Bass Highway - Boat Harbour Primary School - Improved Turning Facilities

What is a median turning lane?

A median turning lane is located in the centre of the road. Traffic travelling in either direction can enter the lane and wait to turn right into a property access or intersection. They separate slower moving turning vehicles from faster moving through traffic.

Vehicles using median turning lanes must give way to oncoming traffic.

Will this project require any property acquisition?

Yes. As part of the proposed upgrade, the Department of State Growth will need to acquire some property to allow for the road widening.

The Department of State Growth are already in discussions with the property owners affected by land acquisition.

Will I still be able to park across the road from the Boat Harbour Store?

No. The gravel area outside 17385 Bass Highway, Boat Harbour will no longer be available for parking. This is to increase safety by minimising the number of pedestrians crossing the highway.

The widened area shown on the proposed design plan is to improve sight lines along the highway and should be kept clear at all times.

The median turning lane will make it easier and safer for vehicles to turn right from the highway into the Boat Harbour Store.