Thursday, November 7, 2013

Bridge series #4 - Brickmakerskloof bridge

Every couple of years Port Elizabeth tends to be hit by a flash flood which ends up causing more damage than the inhabitants of the city cares for.  In 2006 we had a biggy and in the process a couple of bridges on the Baakens River washed away, one of them being at the bottom of Brickmakerskloof.  The investigation on how best to replace the bridge along with a full on Environmental Impact Assessment took many many months.  Eventually construction started in 2009 with the new bridge opening on 1 June 2010.  The bridge structure measures 33m in length and is 18m wide with 4 lanes across.  Right next to the bridge you can also find the building where Bridge Street Brewery is situated and this picture was taken from next to their outside seating area. 

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