THE 40kmh speed limit on the Joy Baluch AM Bridge is here to stay, according to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.
The department has no plans to further increase the speed limit on the bridge, following the change from 25kmh to 40kmh in April.
The speed on the bridge was initially decreased from 60kmh to 25kmh for pedestrian safety after the closure of the Great Western Bridge in March.
A departmental spokesperson said the limit is safe and appropriate, with fewer complaints made since the increase.
“Alternative arrangements for pedestrians using the Joy Baluch AM Bridge, as a result of the Great Western Bridge closure by the Port Augusta Council, are still being reviewed,” the spokesperson said.
Mayor Sam Johnson said the response to the change to 40kmh had been mixed.
“There have been some people who are obviously happy because they didn’t like the 25kmh limit – they thought that was too low,” he said.
“Then there are others from a really genuine safety aspect who still want to see it at 25kmh because they believe there is still a safety risk using that footpath, even at 40kmh.
“I really have concerns about that footpath, even at 40kmh. I know going slower is a bit of an inconvenience, but the reality is that the footpath is still very dangerous.”
Mr Johnson said the Port Augusta City Council still had the long-term goal to duplicate the Baluch Bridge and wants to see a proactive approach from all three tiers of government. “We are quite keen to sit down with the department to see whether there is a will from state government to actually do this and, if so, how do we go about doing it?” he said.
“We know there is reasonable support at a negotiation stage from the federal government to actually discuss the duplication of the bridge and there are Commonwealth funds available.”