ZAR Road Bridge over the Vaal River (Kruger Bridge)
William Stapleton ROYCE: Contractor
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This bridge comprises coursed rough-hewn sandstone abutments with central pier which supported two spans of triangulated bow-string trusses spanning 42m each. The passage was 3,6m flanked each side by 1,6m footways. The steel superstructure was later replaced with conventional triangulated steel girders. The tender for the construction was initially awarded to Fowler & Co of Britain but was cancelled and the tender awarded to ROYCE. This is the largest steel-span road bridge erected by the ZAR. Once this bridge was completed the work-force was moved to the Bridge over the Crocodile River, 'Schoeman's Bridge' and Sesmylspruit (Wierda) Bridge to erect the steel superstructures there.
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