Crocodile Bridge Bridge / Gate

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Re: Crocodile Bridge Bridge / Gate

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A year later now.

I would be interested to know if the 'new' bridge has stood the test of another flood this year.

Would a kind soul please post some pics if you go there soon.

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It was still well under water last report, lets hope it has stood the test of time and water again! :pray:
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As it happens I know the engineer who designed this new bridge, I can assure you it would stand the test of time IF it was built as designed. It was however designed to withstand a specific size of flood, if I can put it that way, and as such somewhere in the future it will fail again which won't be the engineer's fault. Money dictates to what engineering standard and specification one can design such a bridge. In an ideal world you would rather want a proper bridge there which are designed to withstand a 1 in 50 year flood rather than a low water bridge for example. This new bridge has not let us down yet though :-).
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Currently the Croc Bridge is closed which is why we are now in Malelane camp waiting to leave for home in the morning.
There are updates on rivers/weather/flooding etc in the KNP forum as well.
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was the new bridge built on top of the fundaments and pillars of the old bridge or is it an entirely new construcion, maybe even at a slightly different position? the web sources I found so far seem to give inconsistent information

second question: what was the longest closure of the old bridge, does anyone remember?

last but not least: has the new bridge ever been closed due to high water levels?

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Yes, the new bridge was built on top of the foundations of the old bridge.
It was just raised to try and eliminate it being flooded as frequently as before.

And yes it has been closed a few times since being built, in fact on the 10th March this year we stayed in CB and were unable to leave due to the bridge being closed due to the flooding. 8)
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thanks Elsa - so initially, there were two bridges, though - the railroad bridge (which is partially still standing) and a car traffic road (which as been re-newed), correct?
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The rail bridge is still there, badly damaged in the 2000 floods.
Not sure when it was last used, suspect many years before that.

Correct on the car bridge!
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I believe the train bridge was probably last used about 40 years ago, when the rail line was closed
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