ZAR Road Bridge over the Bivane River
AL KLUTE: Contractor
27°31'14.44" S 30°49'06.63" E Alt: 1170m
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Also Bridge over Bevaan (Bevane / Pivaan) River, 'Kruger Bridge / -brug'
The soubriquet 'Kruger Bridge' is local to distinguish it from another over the same river. This is one of the later fine stone bridges, following Wierda's recommendations of 1885 in order to save costs on imported steel. It comprises a sequence of three arches, two of which span 18m, the other 6m, the only irregularly constructed sequence of arches of the period, with a passage of 6m. The outbreak of the runderpest pandemic impacted on the period of construction. It is in fine repair and serves local secondary rural traffic, chiefly farmers and foresters, although when the concrete bridge on the same river was washed away in the Cyclone Domoina of 1984 it remained standing and became the alternative route. The total cost of the bridge was R26 394. It was declared a national monument in 1966.
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