Joy Baluch Bridge duplication progress

INFRASTRUCTURE: An artist's impression of the Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication, facing east.
INFRASTRUCTURE: An artist's impression of the Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication, facing east.

The state government have revealed artist impressions of the proposed Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication Project, with a completion date set for 2022.

The project involves the duplication of the existing two lane Joy Baluch AM bridge, as well as widening the approach roads to allow for two lanes in both directions between Mackay Street (south of the bridge) and Burgoyne Street (north of the bridge).

Pedestrian causeways will be installed on both sides of the bridge, with the new structure having no impact on the defunct Great Western Bridge.

The Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) have completed Preliminary planning work and detailed concept planning work is now underway, which will include extensive consultation.

Negotiations involving land acquisition south of the bridge near Mackay Street have already begun, although it is unclear how many residential addresses will be impacted.

DPTI will launch a communication strategy at the commencement of the project to minimise impact on business owners during construction.

A small business adviser may be provided based on business impact during construction which will be determined by the project team.

A Request for Tender will be issued shortly for local businesses to submit a bid to supply products or services.

Capital works on the $200 million project are expected to commence later this year.