Site secured for bridge duplication project offices

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey at the Joy Baluch AM Bridge.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey at the Joy Baluch AM Bridge.

Work on the Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication project is set to ramp up in the coming months, with plans for project site offices currently underway.

The contractors, Port Wakefield to Port Augusta Alliance (PW2PA), will set up shop on the Eastside foreshore - between Tassie Street and Yuda Street.

The site compound will consist of transportable office huts, a small amenities block and car parking for project staff.

A small site compound will also be established on the Westside foreshore adjacent to On the Run.

The project team will progressively mobilise to site between August and December this year.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said said local company, McMahon Services which already had permanent depots in Whyalla and Port Pirie had been given the opportunity to deliver most of the construction works, showing a commitment to small to medium business and employing locals.

"They will also be assisted by Intract, an Indigenous employment agency run by John Briggs. We will be hoping to make sure that we provide some jobs for Indigenous people, long-term training and a skills path through to permanent work through the project," Mr Ramsey said.

"The Joy Baluch project will improve freight efficiency, travel times, overtaking opportunities, and safety for all road users.

"Most importantly it will provide pedestrians and cyclists a separated access corridor across the gulf."

Artist interpretation of new bridge.

Artist interpretation of new bridge.

Not only will the bridge be duplicated, the existing bridge will be reconfigured to provide two lanes.

Current safety concerns will be alleviated with a raised bicycle lane to provide shared use pedestrian and cycle path for east and westbound movements.

As part of the delivery of the urban design for the project, the Alliance 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.

The project team is launching an app which will be available in the coming weeks.

Downloaders of the SitePodium app will be able to access information and photo updates in a social media style feed.

A shopfront engagement hub on Commercial Road will also be launched next month.

The hub will provide another opportunity to obtain project information and speak with project team members about how to get involved in the project.

The PW2PA Alliance project team is holding a Community Information Session at the Institute Theatre on Thursday, July 30 from 3-7pm.