Aerial view of the Westside Foreshore (February 2021)

Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication

Project Overview

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.

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.

The project involves the construction of a new bridge, adjacent to the existing two-lane Joy Baluch AM Bridge to allow for two lanes of traffic in both directions between Mackay Street (east of the bridge) and Burgoyne Street (west of the bridge). The project includes upgrades to pedestrian and cyclist facilities, with connectivity provided from the new bridge to the East Side Foreshore. Further works include;

  • Upgrade to the intersection at Mackay Street and Augusta Highway including traffic signals and new pavements
  • Remediation and strengthening to both the existing Joy Baluch AM Bridge and the bridge over the ARTC rail corridor between Flinders Street and MacKay Street
  • Widening of the existing embankments from Tassie Street to the west of Flinders Terrace to accommodate new lanes and a shared path facility
  • New connections for pedestrians and cyclists from Mill Street and Tassie Street to the Mackay Street intersection and removal of the existing spiral staircase on the East Side Foreshore

As part of the delivery of urban design elements and artworks for the project, the Alliance will collaborate with Aboriginal stakeholder groups, Port Augusta City Council and key stakeholders in the design and implementation of cultural elements to strengthen local identity, cultural respect and interpretation of place.

Additional project information can be found on the Department for Infrastructure and Transport website

Project Updates

September 2021

April 2021

October 2020

July 2020


Estimated Date
Geotechnical testing
Site establishment
Early works
Final design (excluding urban design aspects)
Construction of the new Joy Baluch AM Bridge
Reconfiguration of the existing Joy Baluch AM Bridge
Commences late 2021
New Joy Baluch AM Bridge opening to traffic
Project completed
End of 2022

Work Notices

Augusta Highway traffic restrictions - November 2021

Temporary Road closure Langsford Street - September 2021

Traffic restrictions Augusta Highway & Burgoyne Street - August 2021

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Extended Temporary Road closure - Tassie Street - June 2021

Night works - Augusta Highway traffic restrictions - June 2021

Night works - intermittent traffic restrictions - June 2021

Augusta Highway Traffic Restrictions - May 2021

Southbound Lane Intermittent Restrictions - April 2021

Temporary Road Closure Tassie Street - March 2021

Marine Exclusion Area - January 2021

Marine Piling - January 2021

Fact Sheets

Piling works

Managing construction impacts Environmental management

Managing construction impacts Marine Fauna

Designs & Artist Impressions

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Fast Facts


$200 Million Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication Project jointly funded by the Australian and South Australian Governments


Improved safety for all road users
Improved efficiency
Improved freight productivity

Walking Paths

Dedicated shared use path from the West Side Foreshore to Flinders Terrace


132 bridge beams
46 steel piles
850 concrete barriers
30,000m3 of earthworks

Vehicle Use

17,600 vehicles per day

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