The first bridge beams have been installed over the water of the Upper Spencer Gulf as part of the Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication project in Port Augusta.
The $200 million project aims to improve road connectivity and efficiency for all users of the key National Land Transport Network road link.
The project is considered a major one for Port Augusta and the region and will provide a vital safety valve connecting the east and the west of the city.
Once complete, the new Joy Baluch AM Bridge will improve movement of freight vehicles in regional South Australia, providing access across the Spencer Gulf, and also improve road connection to the Eyre Peninsula, northern SA and beyond.
Work to install all bridge beams across land is almost complete, and the installation of the first bridge beams over the gulf brings the project one step closer to improving road safety and efficiency for all users of this road network.
South Australian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Corey Wingard said the latest project milestones showed the government is building what matters for regional South Australia.
“The installation of the very first bridge beam over the Upper Spencer Gulf is particularly significant, as we can see this crucial new structure coming to life,” Wingard said.
“Once the bridge beams have been installed, we will begin to see the construction of the bridge deck, which will be another important development.
“Ultimately, projects like this will not only improve the efficiency of our road network, but also help to make our country roads safer and save lives.”
The Joy Baluch AM Bridge Project is jointly funded by the Australian Government committing $160 million and the South Australian Government $40 million.
Deputy PM and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the project is another example of Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey’s determination to deliver for people of the Port Augusta region.
“By investing in projects such as this, the Federal Government is making sure the infrastructure South Australians need and deserve is funded and delivered,” said Joyce.
“This is another example of the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s record $110 billion infrastructure investment plan in action, helping to connect communities and improve safety, while creating jobs and supporting our economic recovery.”
SA Premier Steven Marshall said the latest developments marked an important milestone for the project, which is supporting 114 jobs per year during construction.
“The project underscores the Federal and State governments’ commitment to investing in regional South Australia,” said Marshall.
“We’re thrilled by the work that has been completed so far as part of this hugely important project, which will improve road safety, freight connectivity and the resilience of this road link.
“The Morrison and Marshall governments understand the importance of the Joy Baluch AM Bridge as a vital link in the National Land Transport Network and this project will ensure a safer passage for all commuter, commercial and freight vehicles.”