Marina Bridge Closure 2015 Marina Bridge Closure 2015

The Matthew Flinders (Marina) Bridge in Gladstone will be closed to vehicular, pedestrian and tall marine vessel traffic for 17 days beginning December 7, 2015.

Repair work on the bascule bridge to replace its main pivot bearings is expected to be completed by December 23, 2015.

Motorists will be required to use Alf O'Rourke Drive as a detour to the Marina Parklands.

The bridge will remain in a lowered, horizontal state for the duration of the reparations, preventing tall marine vessels from traversing Auckland Creek.

Small marine vessels will be granted access to pass below the bridge except when certain lifting or high risk operations are in progress.

Council, at its April 7, 2015, general meeting endorsed acceptance of a tender from Walz Group Pty Ltd to conduct the bridge bearing replacement.

Two 127kg Teflon-coated, non-greased pivot bearings which are essential bridge opening components are to replace worn predecessors, with the bridge to remain until the task is completed.

Council has monitored impacts of the bridge closure on marine and land-based operators and recognises the significance and importance of this infrastructure to business operators and the wider community.

Ongoing repair and commissioning works may continue after December 23 but are expected to be completed well before the annual Harbour Festival on March 23, 2016.

For further information or to report issues of concern during the bridge closure period contact Council's Engineering Services Directorate on 4970 0700.