Temporary Sand River Bridge still holding

Though looking worn the Sand River bridge is still holding after this week’s soaking rains. The bridge is on the only access road to St Francis Bay in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The following photos (bar one  from last year) were taken at 6 pm on 3 February 2011. Photos show how storm…

Tarring of Sand River Bridge underway

The tarring and widening of the Sand River Bridge has started! (By Bev Mortimer) Improvements to this bridge mean the hordes of visitors and holiday makers to the coastal town of St Francis Bay and to Cape St Francis village will have a safer bridge to cross. Visitors are expected here from the end of…

SuperSpar St Francis Bay says : “Thank You!”

St Francis Bay’s Super Spar continued with the great community spirit this afternoon by saying a big “Thank You!” to all the volunteers and the helpers who walked people across a foot bridge while the new temporary bridge was being built. The previous temporary bridge was washed away on Monday this week (26 July 2011) after…

News flash!! Parked cars at bridge being towed away

Cars parked between the Sand River bridge and St Francis Marine on the Humansdorp side, are being towed away as they are in the way of construction vehicles  needing to get to the bridge to fix it and to park nearby to offload. This is according to an announcment from Kouga Municipality this morning. The…

News Flash!! Possible bridge across the Sand by tomorrow evening

It seems as though work could start tomorrow morning which will restore vehicle access across the Sand River by about 6 pm tomorrow or Thursday morning latest, a news update received at 12 pm today from Marius Keyser, District Roads Engineer, Department of Roads, said. “However the weather will be the determining factor,” he advised. Keyser said…

Fantastic volunteers man the footbridge all night

  Volunteer members of the NSRI , the St Francis Fire Department and those of the disaster management team took it in turns to man the footbridge that was re-established yesterday over the Sand River Bridge. They helped  people who would otherwise be stranded on either side get home to their families after work last…

Sand River bridge safe – except in floods

The current temporary bridge of the Sand River is quite safe and will be fine if it rains. That is the word from Marius Keyser, district roads engineer, Department of Roads. “It should not get muddy if it rains since it has gravel over it,” he told St Francis Chronicle. “However, if there are exceptionally high…

Motorists stranded as Sand River bridge is demolished

It looks like a tsunami coming!” These words were spoken by one of the disaster management team as he looked towards St Francis Links Golf course  from the top of a hill. And the force of water may well have equalled that of a tsunami since it broke the Sand River bridgeacross the R330 on the…