Marina bridge closes for urgent repairs to be carried out

MATTHEW Flinders Bridge will be out of action for five days next month as repairs are carried out.

Mariners and vessel operators requiring access to and from Gladstone Marina have been advised the bridge will not be operating from 5am on January 27 to 6pm on January 31.

Urgent maintenance work to replace the bridge's failing hydraulic mechanism will result in the bascule bridge being left in a horizontal position and unable to be opened to vessel passage.

Small vessels will not be affected by the bridge closure.

Gladstone Regional Council engineering services portfolio spokesman Rick Hansen said vehicular and pedestrian access across the bridge would also be closed intermittently for periods of up to several hours while the hydraulic mechanism was removed and replaced, but alternative access would be available via Hanson Road and Alf O'Rourke Drive.

"Unfortunately, the hydraulic mechanism which operates the drawbridge action has been found to be in urgent need of replacement," Cr Hansen said.

"A replacement part has been sourced and it is vital that maintenance be carried out immediately to rectify the problem."

He said efforts had been made to minimise the duration of the bridge closure with council mindful of business and marine operations.

"Scheduling of the works is inconvenient but unavoidable and takes into consideration Christmas and New Year closures, Australia Day festivities, public and school holiday periods," Cr Hansen said.

He said owners of large vessels requiring marine travel under the bridge were encouraged to make alternative mooring arrangements before the works.

"This work, although disruptive, is essential and must be implemented for the safety of all bridge users and for the continued operation of the bridge in the future."

Vehicular access to and from the Gladstone Marina will be available via Alf O'Rourke Drive.