Landmark Swartkops bridge given make-over

2016-12-15 06:01
:  =All the badly rusted steel has been removed and replaced with new material, and the remainder of the bridge has been sandblasted, primed and painted in colours that will be visible from the N2 as the bridge is a landmark in the metro.      PHoto: SUPPLIED

: =All the badly rusted steel has been removed and replaced with new material, and the remainder of the bridge has been sandblasted, primed and painted in colours that will be visible from the N2 as the bridge is a landmark in the metro. PHoto: SUPPLIED

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One of the oldest steel bridges in Nelson Mandela Bay has been given a long overdue makeover by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality as it had been found to be structurally unsafe and a danger to motorists.

The Swartkops Bridge has gone through a meticulous transformation, and now this iconic landmark’s lifespan has been extended by 15 to 20 years.

The bridge was originally built in 1879 and reconstructed in 1974.

The municipality recently took a decision to refurbish the structure to prevent it from rusting further and possibly collapsing.

All the badly rusted steel has been removed and replaced with new material, and the remainder of the bridge has been sandblasted, primed and painted in colours that will be visible from the N2 as the bridge is a landmark in the metro.

“You’ve turned this bridge into a significant landmark and have done it in record time,” said Executive Mayor Athol Trollip.

“This river (Swartkops) is the lung of the city and is currently in a bad state. We need to clean it up.

“We look to our young professionals for innovative ideas in dealing with this river,” said Mayor Trollip.

The bridge is an entry and exit point to Swartkops, and as such, plays a significant role for both business and the community at large.

The Swartkops bridge is also a popular spot for fishermen who use the structure as a shelter during their fishing excursions.

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