Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication
The Australian and State Governments have committed $200 million ($160 million from the Australian Government and $40 million from the State Government) for the Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication Project.
The Joy Baluch AM Bridge is an important link in the National Land Transport Network at Port Augusta, providing access across the Spencer Gulf for commuter, commercial and freight vehicles in the northern region of South Australia. It is also a key tourist connection to the Eyre Peninsula, northern South Australia and beyond.
Preliminary planning work has been completed and detailed concept planning work is now underway, which will include extensive consultation.
The duplication of the bridge will improve road safety and efficiency for all users, improve freight productivity and importantly improve the resilience of this critical road link.
It will also address the current bridge speed restrictions and safety for people walking or cycling across the bridge.
Feedback from the Community Information Sessions
The project team held two Community Information Sessions on 10 and 11 April 2019, at the Port Augusta Central Oval Sporting Complex. In total 285 people attended the sessions.
The project recieved strong feedback from the community, including general support for the project, and feedback in relation to further potential improvements in pedestrian safety and road capacity.
Feedback from the community included:
- Concerns about the proposed raised bicycle lane on the existing Joy Baluch AM Bridge; and the possibility of this being converted to a shared use pedestrian and cycle path.
- Support for the proposed traffic light installation on the corner of Princes Highway and Mackay Street, and concerns expressed about the current difficulty turning right onto the Highway; and
- Concerns about pedestrian connectivity in the vicinity of Flinders Terrace.
In response to community and stakeholder feedback, the possibility of the raised bicycle lane being converted to a shared use pedestrian and cycle path (for east and westbound movements) is being investigated. This proposed amendment will be explored as part of the detailed design, and will be subject to budget considerations and consultation with the Australian Government.
Consideration of other improvements following the feedback will also be explored as part of the detailed design stage.
Project Time Frame
Site investigation works commenced in late 2018, and will continue into 2019. SA Power Networks are currently undertaking minor enabling works on local roads and will advise residents of any outages or access requirements.
Major construction works are expected to begin in 2020, with completion expected in 2022.
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