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New milestone for $200M South Australian bridge project

The Port Wakefield to Port Augusta Alliance’s works on the Joy Baluch Bridge in South Australia has hit a new milestone, with traffic now flowing across two lanes which have been opened in each direction.

The Port Wakefield to Port Augusta Alliance’s works on the Joy Baluch Bridge in South Australia has hit a new milestone, with traffic now flowing across two lanes which have been opened in each direction.

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 the road link.

The Port Wakefield to Port Augusta Alliance consists of CPB Contractors, GHD and Aurecon and is delivering the project on behalf of the Department for Infrastructure and Transport. McMahon Services also contributed to several key aspects of the project.


 

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As part of its works, the Port Wakefield to Port Augusta Alliance delivered construction of a new bridge, adjacent the existing two-lane Joy Baluch AM Bridge, to allow for two lanes of traffic in both directions; 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;  upgrades to pedestrian and cyclist facilities; and upgrades to the intersection at Mackay Street and Augusta Highway.

Construction on the project commenced in late 2020.

The Australian and South Australian governments had 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.

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