ZAR Road Bridge over the Mooi River, 'Noordbrug'
WA SERET: Contractor
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.
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