The Red Bridge

The Red Bridge is the third bridge to cross the Knysna River. It is positioned further upstream on better founding conditions, as the previous bridge had been washed away in a flood in 1916. Designed by the PWD, this bridge is completely different in design to the earlier bridges with only two, long, 46 meter spans so as to prevent a recurrence of pier damage by flood debris.

Erection of the foundations started in 1918 with the steelwork for the two riveted deck trusses, made in England, arriving by ship in 1922.

The completed bridge, with a 3 meter wide roadway, was opened on 1 May 1923.

It was succeeded in 1955 by the wider, concrete bridge situated further downstream, but remained in use by local traffic until 1973. It was completely refurbished in 2014.


Brenton is a town on the outskirts of Knysna and is part of the beautiful Garden Route situated in the Western Cape of South Africa.

Brenton-on-Sea offers luxurious houses and scenic land for sale. Would like to buy a house or vacant plot?

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