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Kowie River Bridge - Henry Putt Bridge
Port Alfred, Eastern Cape

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PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT: Engineer

Date:1989
Type:Bridge
Status:Extant


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33°35'28.39" S 26°53'13.95" E
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This bridge replaced the single carriageway bridge opened in 1908 and a dual carriageway bridge opened in 1928. There is a memorial alongside "... dedicated to the Civil Engineers of South Africa and their teams who opened up the country and continue to improve the quality of life of all its people". The memorial incorporates the foundation and unveiling stones of the original bridge and was unveiled in 2001.

A transcription of both stones reads as follows:

First stone

HENRY PUTT BRIDGE
FOUNDATION STONE
LAID BY HIS EXCELLENCY
SIR WALTER F. HELY-HUTCHINSON
GCMG
SEPTEMBER 1ST 1906.

Second Stone:

BRIDGE
DESIGNED BY PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF
F W WALDRON A.M.I.C.E., INSPECTING ENGINEER
WAS OPENED FOR TRAFFIC 15 SEPTEMBER 1908
BY THE HON D. P. DE VILLIERS GRAAF M.L.C.
CHIEF ENGINEER P.W.D. - W. CRAIG A.M.I.C.E.
CLERK OF WORKS - Wm. PURSE
CONTRACTORS - Messrs KNIGHT & FOLKESTAD

Transcription provided by
Dick Schuurman
Curator: Kowie History Museum
Submitted by William MARTINSON

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

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