Paul Sauer Bridge

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Paul Sauer Bridge
Storms River Bridge (N2)-001.jpg
The N2 concrete arch bridge over the Storms River
Coordinates 33°58′6.56″S 23°55′53.57″E / 33.9684889°S 23.9315472°E / -33.9684889; 23.9315472
Carries N2 national highway.
Crosses Storms River
Locale Eastern Cape, South Africa
Design Arch bridge
Material Concrete
Height 120 metres (394 ft)
Longest span 100 metres (328 ft)
Designer Riccardo Morandi
Construction begin 1953
Construction end 1956
Construction cost ₤100,000[1]

The Paul Sauer Bridge, also known as the Storms River Bridge, is a concrete arch bridge over the Storms River in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It carries road traffic for the N2 national highway. The Paul Sauer or Storms River Bridge in South Africa, built between 1953 and 1956, was designed by Italian engineer Riccardo Morandi. The bridge spans 100 metres (328 ft) and sits 120 metres (394 ft) above the river.[2]


The main arch structure was constructed in a unique fashion. The halves of the arch were built with climbing formworks in an essentially vertical position on opposite sides of the river canyon. They were then rotated and lowered into position to meet at the centre, thus forming the completed arch structure.

Located on the beautiful Garden Route N2, between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth (160 km far), it was the highest concrete arch in Africa. It loses this record in 1984 in favor of Bloukrans Bridge, on the same street (height 216 m, site of the world's highest bungee jump). It was renovated in 1986.

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