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Works under way to improve safety at Bruny Island Neck

07/07/2017

Bruny Island Main Road at The Neck will soon be a safer environment for road users, visitors and wildlife, with road and car park improvements starting this week.


The Neck is popular with visitors for its spectacular views and the chance of spotting penguins and shearwaters in their burrows, and as the only connection between the north and south of the island, the road is an essential link for the local community.


The upgrades are being delivered jointly between the Department of State Growth and Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, and include widening and sealing the final 2.5 km of Bruny Island Main Road to provide a consistent road environment and improve safety.


A larger car park at the Truganini Lookout at The Neck will have safer entry and exit points and spaces for 24 vehicles as well as bus parking to better accommodate visitors are busy times.


Access to the existing car park and The Neck walkway will be closed for the duration of construction and there will be some disruption to traffic with speed restrictions and altered traffic conditions.


A dedicated wildlife zone will also be created for the resident penguins and shearwaters, including penguin tunnels under the road, fencing and signage.


The department has been working closely with Birdlife Tasmania to minimise any impact on wildlife, and construction has been timed to ensure substantial works to the new car park will be completed by September 2017 to avoid the penguin and shearwater breeding period.


Works are due to be completed in December 2017, ahead of the main visitor season.


Further information is available from http://www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/projects/bruny_island_-_neck_improvements