Bridge over the Buffalo River
John Frederick Evelyn BARNES: Project Engineer
27°40'39.76" S 30°02'21.71" E Alt: 1182m
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The bridge is located between Newcastle and Utrecht. This bridge was erected jointly by the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek and the Colony of Natal on the shared border. Seemingly as a gesture of goodwill the plaques at each end are in the language of the opposite side. The design was vetted by RAI SNETHLAGE, Engineer and technical advisor to the ZAR based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The steel super-structure comprises four spans of girder trusses, two per side, spanning 15m each. The passageway allows for single direction traffic, flanked by two walkways, manufactured by Alexander Findlay & Co of Motherwell, Glasgow, in Scotland. Construction was supervised by the Natal Colonial Chief Engineer, JFE BARNES, whose name appears on the memorial plaque.
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