The George and Knysna Herald dated 29 August 1933 featured the official opening of the first concrete bridge across the flood-created gorge of the
Mr H J Raubenheimer (Chairman of the George Divisional Council and President of the Association of the
Today only two of the arches can be seen as one arch was filled in during the construction of the shorter new dual lane bridge built in 1964 to cater for the increased traffic from George to Blanco on the Witfontein road. If you travel over this bridge to Blanco, you will see the old bridge on your left, with the drift approximately 300m downstream from the bridge.
THE WOODEN BRIDGE
The first concrete bridge was built after the wooden bridge was swept away by flood in December 1931. It was built in 1871 and stood for sixty years even though the councillors at the time did not agree with the engineers regarding the bridge site. It required little maintenance, except for when
the deck boards were replaced with new ones carted by ox wagon from Knysna in the 1890’s.
By Karin Kruger on behalf of the George Heritage Trust