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Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication

The Australian and South Australian Governments have committed $200 million ($160 million from the Australian Government and $40 million from the South Australian 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 further 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 April 2019, and 11 April 2019, at the Port Augusta Central Oval Sporting Complex. In total 285 people attended the sessions.

The project received 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.

Proposed works following feedback

Following consideration of this feedback, the concept design has been updated. The proposed works now include:

  • Duplication of the current bridge, with a new road bridge to provide two lanes for eastbound traffic movements across the Spencer Gulf.
  • Reconfiguration of the existing bridge to provide two lanes, and conversion of the raised bicycle lane, to now provide a shared use pedestrian and cycle path, for east and westbound movements
  • Dedicated shared use pedestrian and cycle path. In addition, there will now be an extension of the shared use path along the Augusta Highway from the Mackay Street junction to Flinders Terrace intersection (new bridge side of Augusta Highway).
  • Widening of approach road and embankments to achieve a continuous four lane road from Burgoyne Street to Mackay Street.
  • Installation of traffic signals at the junction of Augusta Highway and Mackay Street. An additional second right turn lane at the junction, will also now be provided.
  • Installation of bridge barriers to both the new and existing bridges.
  • Improved earthquake resistance and barrier upgrade of the bridge over the Adelaide to Darwin railway line.

Project time frames

Site investigation works are continuing to late 2019. Property demolition works have commenced with completion of these works expected by January 2020, weather permitting.

An Expression of Interest to prequalified industry groups was released in July 2019, with two shortlisted tenderers (CPB Contractors Pty Ltd, Aurecon Pty Ltd and GHD Pty Ltd, and Lendlease Pty Ltd and KBR Pty Ltd) invited in mid-September 2019, to submit an offer as part of the next stage of the procurement.

The Alliance contract is expected to be awarded in the first quarter of 2020, with main works expected to commence in the second half of 2020.

Project completion is expected in 2022, weather permitting.

Project cost

$200 million ($160 million from the Australian Government and $40 million from the South Australian Government).

Contact us

P: 1300 794 880

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