oa Civil Engineer in South Africa - Construction aspects of the Garden Route bridges



The simultaneous construction of 3 large concrete arch bridges, of which the one over the Bloukrans Gorge ranks as the 4th largest of its kind in the world, required the development of some sophisticated construction techniques and equipment; the mobilization and commissioning of no less than 5 cable cranes; and the appointment of sufficient and competent construction personnel, capable of achieving the relatively tight programme safely, profitably and to a high standard of quality and workmanship. The completion of all three bridges ahead of their tendered schedules and the subsequent accolades bestowed upon the Bloukrans Bridge in particular are evidence not only of the success of the construction process, but also of the unique relationships which developed between contractor and consultants and which had such marked effects on the end result.


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