The Moura Short Rail Line Pedestrian Bridge has been closed to golf carts until it is repaired. Photo Campbell Gellie / The Observer
The Moura Short Rail Line Pedestrian Bridge has been closed to golf carts until it is repaired. Photo Campbell Gellie / The Observer Campbell Gellie

Bridge over rail line unsafe for golf carts, council warns

GLADSTONE Regional Council has advised users of golf carts not to use the Moura Short Rail Line Pedestrian Bridge on the Dawson Highway.

The bridge, which spans the Moura Short Rail Line and is located west of the roundabout servicing the Callemondah Drive and Olsen Avenue entrances to the Dawson Highway, has been identified as requiring remedial works and will be replaced early next year.

Council's Engineering Services portfolio spokesperson Councillor Rick Hansen said the bridge was frequently used by golfers driving carts to and from the nearby Gladstone Golf Club course and that further such use was discouraged due to the poor condition of the structure.

"Inspections have identified significant deterioration of the bridge's timber deck units which would pose a structural and safety risk in the future if left as is," Cr Hansen said.

"Traversing the bridge is not a safety risk to pedestrians, cyclists and people with physical disabilities who use electronic vehicles at present but larger, heavier motorised vehicles, such as golf carts, will not be permitted to cross above the rail line until the replacement bridge is in place."

Cr Hansen said the instalment of bollards at the eastern and western entrances to the bridge would prevent golf carts from entering while enabling pedestrians, pedestrians with prams, cyclists and electronic vehicle users to cross.

"I encourage people to use the bridge safely for its intended purpose only and not place undue weight or stress upon the structure while it remains in a compromised state," he said.

The bollards preventing motorised vehicle access to the bridge will be installed this week.