Eaglehawk Neck - Tasman Peninsula
Eaglehawk Neck - Tasman Peninsula (photograph: Andrea Turbett)

Eaglehawk Neck safety upgrade

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Have your say on the Arthur Highway – Eaglehawk Neck Safety Upgrade 

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) invites public submissions on a proposed safety upgrade for the Arthur Highway at Eaglehawk Neck.  The proponent, the Department of State Growth (DSG), is proposing this upgrade which aims to increase road user safety, improve bus stop facilities, provide a safe pedestrian crossing point at Old Jetty Road, and improve turning facilities at Blowhole Road.

The proposal includes widening the highway to provide three-metre-wide traffic lanes with a new safety barrier on the western side of the highway, increasing the shoulder width, the construction of an off-road path along the eastern side of the highway (between Old Jetty Road and Blowhole Road). There will be improved turning facilities at the community hall, improved lighting, and provision of a revetment (retaining) wall along Eaglehawk Bay to allow for the widening and to protect the highway from coastal erosion.

DSG has responded to concerns from the Aboriginal community on the initial plans by redesigning the upgrade to remove ground-disturbing activities in sensitive areas.​

The Arthur Highway at Eaglehawk Neck is surrounded by several reserves that are managed by the PWS – Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site, Eaglehawk Bay-Flinders Bay Conservation Area and Pirates Bay Nature Recreation Area. 

The main impact to reserved land is the proposed widening of the Arthur Highway into Eaglehawk Bay. The widening is restricted to the western side of the highway to avoid cultural heritage values on the eastern side of the highway. It will result in the loss of a section of beach and a small amount of vegetation. DSG has estimated that the total reserve area to be impacted is approximately 4800m².

To view the Draft Project Summary Document, the associated appendices and to make a submission, visit the PWS website 'Have your Say'​ page. ​ 

Feedback closes on Monday, 8th November 2021 at 9:00​ am.​

Published 8/10/2021