Q: How do I request the bridge to be opened so I can access the Marina with my vessel?
A: All bridge lifts must be requested by calling Council on 4970 0700. Legacy methods of requesting lifts such as Handheld Remote requests and Pylon Requests are no longer supported and will not be responded to. Vessel operators are to phone the given number when on approach to the bridge. The bridge operator may take up to 5mins to access and log in to the remote control panel. Vessel operators are to maintain a safe distance from the bridge and in control of their vessels while waiting for the bridge to open. When the bascule portion of the bridge is fully open, vessels are to safely navigate the creek channel.
Q: At Gladstone Harbour Festival and other times when events are held at the Gladstone Marina, how do I find out if the bridge will be closed.
A: Council only closes the bridge when a road closure permit is approved, in which case the details are published in The Observer as a public notice and released as a Media Release. Exceptions to this are in emergency circumstances when maintenance needs to be performed on the bridge immediately, in the event that not closing the road would pose a risk to public safety.
Q: Is there a weight limit on vehicles using the Gladstone Marina Bridge?
A: Yes. The maximum weight allowable to vehicles on the bridge is five (5) tonnes. If your vehicle weighs more than this or carries a load that makes it weigh more than five tonnes, you must use the alternative access via Alf O'Rourke Drive.
Q: How do I know if the Marina Bridge is going to open?
A: A siren sounds several minutes before the boom gates close on the Gladstone Marina Bridge. There have been instances where motorists have attempted to cross while the boom gates close and haven't considered there are gates on both sides of the bridge. As a result, they have been caught either between the two gates on the bridge or have had their vehicles struck by a boom gate. This is dangerous practice and an offence, so bridge users are encouraged to treat the warnings seriously and stop upon hearing the warning siren.
Q: How can I find out if there are problems with the bridge and how long it might be out of action?
A: Please call Road Services department at Gladstone Regional Council on 4970 0700 between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm. A Council officer will also be available after hours on 4970 0700.