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 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:
The urban design for the project will collaborate with Aboriginal 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.
This project is delivered through the Port Wakefield to Port Augusta Alliance (PW2PA), a consortium of CPB Contractors, Aurecon and GHD, in alliance with the Department for Infrastructure and Transport, and is jointly funded by the Australian and South Australian Governments (80:20).