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ZAR Road Bridge over the Mooi River, 'Noordbrug'
Potchefstroom, North West

DEPARTEMENT PUBLIEKE WERKEN - ZUID-AFRIKAANSCHE REPUBLIEK: Architect
WA SERET: Contractor
Date:1890-1964
Client:Potchefstroom Council
Type:Bridge
Style:Wilhelmiens
Status:Demolished

The bridge replaced an earlier timber structure, also known as 'Noordbrug'. It was designed for the town by the DPW and although application was made by the town for a loan of £1 000, this was not granted as the DPW took responsibility for the structure in their budget. The bridge comprised stone abutments of coursed rough-hewn ashlar blocks and a steel beam superstructure supplied from from the Netherlands of beams and a galvanised deck protected by gravel with cast iron railings. A toll-gate was erected in the 1890s and the bridge controlled by a chain barrier. It was decided to demolish the bridge to make way for a concrete bridge replacement in 1964. Local conservation bodies tried to have it re-erected elsewhere so the block were dismantled and numbered. It was destined for the Potchefstroom Colledge of Education but given to the Gymnasium High School, then later donated to the College where some of the material was used to construct a smaller structure.

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.


Writings about this entry

Erasmus, Koos and Friebus, Hein. 2008. Vergete padbrûe van die ZAR : 'n oorsig van die padbrûe wat gebou en beplan is tydens die regering van die Zuid-Afrikaanse Republiek. Centurion: Koos Erasmus and Hein Friebus: . pg 32-33