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.
The duplication of the bridge is improving road safety, freight productivity and efficiency for all road users.
The project involves the construction of a new bridge, adjacent 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), and upgrades to pedestrian and cyclist facilities, with connectivity provided from the new bridge to the Eastside 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; and
- 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 Eastside Foreshore.
As part of the delivery of urban design elements and artworks for the project, the Alliance has been collaborating with Aboriginal stakeholder groups, Port Augusta City Council and other key stakeholders in the design and implementation of cultural elements to strengthen local identity, cultural respect and interpretation of place.
On 15 May 2022, the newly constructed bridge opened to traffic, with all vehicles directed to use the new bridge to allow for the remediation of the existing Joy Baluch AM Bridge.
Another significant milestone was achieved on the project on 6 June 2023, when two lanes of traffic opened in each direction on the Joy Baluch AM Bridge, and signalised Mackay Street intersection became operational.
Some intermittent lane and speed restrictions will continue to be required for finishing works, ahead of the project’s full completion in the coming weeks.
Additional project information can be found on the Department for Infrastructure and Transport’s website: Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication – Department for Infrastructure and Transport – South Australia (dit.sa.gov.au)
Final design (excluding urban design aspects)
Construction of the new Joy Baluch AM Bridge
New Joy Baluch AM Bridge opening to traffic
Refurbishment of the existing Joy Baluch AM Bridge
Full project completion
Changed Traffic Arrangements - Augusta Highway - August 2023
Changed Traffic Arrangements - Augusta Highway - June 2023
Augusta Highway Night Works Notice - April 2023
Changed Traffic Arrangements - Augusta Highway - March 2023
Changed Traffic Arrangements - Augusta Highway - January 2023
New Pedestrian Access to Tassie Street and CBD - December 2022
Changed Traffic Arrangements - Augusta Highway - September 2022
Mildred Street Closure Notice - August 2022
Mackay Street and Tassie Street Traffic Changes Notice - July 2022
Traffic Switch to the New Bridge Notice - May 2022
Augusta Highway Night Works Notice - March 2022
Augusta Highway Traffic Restrictions Notice - November 2021
Temporary Langsford Street Closure Notice - September 2021
Traffic Restrictions Notice - August 2021
Extended Temporary Tassie Street Closure Notice - June 2021
Night Works Notice - June 2021
Night Works Notice - Intermittent Traffic Restrictions - June 2021
Augusta Highway Traffic Restrictions Notice - May 2021
Southbound Lane Intermittent Restrictions Notice - April 2021
Temporary Tassie Street Closure Notice - March 2021
Marine Exclusion Area Notice - January 2021
Marine Piling Notice - January 2021
Managing Construction Impacts - Environmental Management
Managing Construction Impacts - Marine Fauna
Regional Development Australia Far North - PW2PA Economic Forum Presentation - March 2023
Designs and Artist Impressions
$200 million Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication Project jointly funded by the Australian and South Australian governments
Improved safety for all road users
Improved freight productivity
Dedicated Shared Use Path from the Westside Foreshore to Flinders Terrace
132 bridge beams
46 steel piles
439 concrete barriers
30,000m3 of earthworks
17,600 vehicles per day