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Ferry Main Road Upgrade Works


BACKGROUND

The need for infrastructure upgrades of the Ferry Main Road area has been identified through the Ferry Road - Little Oyster Cove Precinct Plan.

Recognising this, the State Government committed to improve Ferry Main Road and set aside budget to undertake works.

The State Government committed funding to the following projects in the area:

  • A new waste water treatment plant
  • Upgrade Ferry Main Road to contemporary standard
  • Manage ferry traffic.

OBJECTIVES

The waste water treatment plant is close to completion, therefore, the objectives of this component of the study are to progress the following projects:

  • Upgrade Ferry Main Road to contemporary standard
  • Manage Ferry Traffic

Work has begun on identifying an appropriate option to upgrade Ferry Main Road and manage the impacts resulting from traffic queuing for the Bruny Island Ferry.

TIMELINE

While it is very early in the project to indicate definitive timeframes, the Department is working towards the following schedule:

Detailed design commenced in 2011/2012
Construction to commence in March 2013
Construction to be completed in 2013/2014

 

PREFERRED OPTION SELECTED FOR FERRY MAIN ROAD UPGRADE

After various technical investigations and with significant stakeholder input, a preferred option for the upgrade of Ferry Main Road has been identified.  The concept design has been finalised, with construction expected to commence in March 2013.

OPTIONS CONSIDERED

A number of different options were initially assessed and two were selected as best meeting the project objectives.  These options were displayed for public comment.

Public consultation was undertaken to measure public preference for either:

  • Option 1: three lanes; or
  • Option 2: additional marshalling area with widening of the existing two lanes.

A comment form feedback method was used to gauge community sentiment and a range of feedback was received.

Both options were comparatively assessed against a framework of project objectives.  This assessment identified a preferred option.

THE PROCESS FOR SELECTING A PREFERRED OPTION

Option 1 and 2 were compared against a range of social, economic and environmental criteria to decide which option would best meet the project objectives and would be preferred for the Ferry Main Road upgrade.

This preferred option must also address objectives of the Precinct Plan including:

  • Upgrade Ferry Main Road to contemporary standard
  • Manage ferry traffic

Preliminary planning assessments and consultation with the community and key stakeholders indicated that the following components were important in the outcomes of the upgrade works:

  • Allow unrestricted access for through-traffic under peak ferry volumes
  • Be cost efficient in terms of use of funding
  • Allow for safe pedestrian movements
  • Reduce congestion caused by ferry traffic
  • Benefit a large range of users

In a multi-criteria assessment Option 1 was judged to best meet these objectives and was selected as the preferred option for the upgrade of Ferry Main Road.


PREFERRED OPTION: THREE LANES (OPTION 1)

Option 1 has been selected as the preferred option for the upgrade of Ferry Main Road.  It will be progressed through the detailed design phase.

WHAT YOU TOLD US

Feedback from the public display indicated a preference for Option 1. Comments received indicated a number of reasons why Option 1 was favoured, including;

"Appears to be more parking and space for waiting vehicles"

"Allows for smarter flow of traffic and allow larger vehicles to pass"

"Does not impact on people's livelihoods like Option 2 would"

"The road will be safer at all times.  It will give us a safer clear road and path throughout the year with good parking in the non-peak times"

"It will minimise disruption to existing leaseholders and avoids unproductive expenditure of taxpayer funds to resume leases"

"Creates a far larger queuing capacity"

"Is the least disruptive to all involved and would probably be the cheapest and easiest option to implement"

WHAT DOES THIS OPTION PROVIDE

Option 1 will allow the efficient management of ferry traffic through a solution which can also be used for parking outside of peak ferry times.

The benefits include:

  • Provides two clear lanes for traffic at all times
  • Eliminates short term blockages caused by ferry users queuing to purchase tickets
  • Minimises disruption to local businesses
  • Provides a footpath

CURRENT STATUS

  • The concept design has been finalised.
  • A Development Applicaiton has been lodged with the Kingborough Council.
  • Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2013.

Ferry Main Road Revised Concept Design

 

Contact Details

For further information about Ferry Main Road project please email: ferrymainroad@dier.tas.gov.au