Course Change for 35-year-old race
Published on 07 August 2019
The Heritage Burnie Ten, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this October, will introduce a course change with participant’s safety in mind.
Burnie City Council Mayor Steve Kons said “Three and a half decades is an incredible achievement for a local single sporting event of this type and I look forward to seeing the safety improvements in the course design as well as any added benefits the changes may bring to motorists.”
This year The Heritage Burnie Ten race will be run on the two seaward lanes (adjacent to the beach). Participants will be separated from the vehicular traffic by the centre median strip.
Traffic will be on the two landside lanes. West-bound highway traffic through Burnie will be consolidated into a single left lane while East-bound highway vehicles will be also redirected onto a single lane at the Wilson Street intersection and resume normal highway movement past Round Hill at Chasm Creek.
“While the safety of participants by moving the vehicular traffic away from the event course has been our foremost aim in planning, these new measures will also benefit drivers by eliminating the sometimes confusing and lengthy deviations to Upper Burnie and Old Surrey Road,” Race Director Rick Ferguson from the Burnie City Council said.
“There will always be an unavoidable inconvenience to drivers travelling through our city during the two hours of our event and devising a way for highway traffic to move through as effectively and simply as possible presents challenges.
“We’ve appreciated drivers’ patience and understanding over the past three and a half decades and generally people allow a little more time to travel through Burnie when the event is on.”
East-bound traffic will not be able to turn right into South Burnie, Massey Green Drive or Wivenhoe but will have an option of turning at Chasm Creek’s Sea Eagle Street or the Heybridge round-a-bout.
Vehicles inside the port precinct will also now be unable to exit from 11am until approximately 1pm.