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…

Sand River update after disaster management meeting today

The temporary vehicle bridge across the Sand River  in St Francis Bay washed away just before 1 pm. A section of the pedestrian walkway, next to the bridge, was also damaged at the time. The municipality and NSRI have put up closed the gap with a walkway of steel, planks and rope, so pedestrians can…

Sand River Bridge still closed, pedestrians can now cross over

The temporary bridge is closed for cars but pedestrians can make use of it. Municipal officials are on site monitoring the situation. Kindly note that the R330 falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Roads and Transport – they are, therefore, in charge of the temporary bridge. The municipality has been in contact with…

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…