Ashton Arch Bridge unveiled in Western Cape

The new arch bridge weighs a whopping 8,000 tons and is 113 metres in length, reaching an altitude of 22 metres.

The newly completed Ashton Arch is South Africa's first concrete tied arch bridge constructed using a transverse launching method.  (ashton-arch.co.za)

CAPE TOWN - The recently completed R130 million Ashton Arch Bridge was officially unveiled on Sunday.

The superstructure was situated in the Langeberg municipal area and crossed over the Cogmanskloof River.

The new arch bridge weighs a whopping 8,000 tons and is 113 metres in length, reaching an altitude of 22 metres.

It also became South Africa’s first concrete tied arch bridge, six years in the making after construction kicked off in July 2015.

Thousands of tons of metal and concrete were moved over a 24 metre distance to replace the old bridge that was built in the 1930s.

Western Cape Transport MEC Daylin Mitchell said, “This R130 million project has contributed massively to the economy of the Western Cape, to an industry that is under pressure and to the creation of work for our residents."

Mitchell said: “This is South Africa’s first concrete bridge built using transversely launching methods. It replaces an existing multi-arch bridge that was built in the 1930s. it provides important tourist destination.”

Mitchell explained why upgrading this route was necessary: “The objective of this project was to reconstruct of Ashton to a higher standard to improve traffic and pedestrian safety.”

The structure made way for four traffic lanes and two walkways.

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