Image via: @Abramjee Twitter

Muizenberg Bridge has ‘eaten’ its first truck of the new year

A bridge in Muizenberg has become well-known for ‘eating’ trucks. Thursday 9 January 2020 was no different after another one got stuck.


Image via: @Abramjee Twitter

The Atlantic Bridge in Muizenberg Cape Town has over time coined the name, ‘Bridget the truck-eating bridge’ because somehow, someway – truck drivers miss the height limit and get their vehicles stuck under her crossway. 

On Thursday afternoon 9 January 2020, it was no different and nobody was surprised either when a large white truck tried its luck and got caught under ‘Bridget.’ 

Bridget also has her very own Facebook Page.

There is a sign as you approach the bridge which clearly specifies the height limit of 2.5 metres, however, it is often missed. 

Sometimes drivers have been photographed trying to deflate the tyres of their vehicles after getting caught underneath the low-level structure.

Bridge takes on cement mixer

According to the Muizenberg Improvement District (MID), the Bridget took on a cement mixer in August of 2018 and it was by no means, her first chomping experience. 

The MID called it “yet another case of driver negligence, however, the onus always seems to fall in the hands of City Engineering and Traffic to come up with a solution.”

The cement mixer collided with the bridge and was only cleared six hours later. Adding to the risk at the time was also the homeless taking refuge under the bridge. 

In March 2013, a bus loaded with young children collided with the bridge. The bus accident resulted in six children needing hospitalisation. 

Image via: Twitter

City installs 3D laser detection system 

In June 2016, the city installed their first 3D laser detection system priced at over R300,000 on the Main Road of Muizenberg, 150 metres from the Atlantic Road intersection. 

It uses an infrared laser beam to read the vehicle height and load. If the vehicle is in the turning lane and higher than 2.5 metres from the road’s surface, a warning system is triggered at the intersection. 

A signboard with high-power LED lights flashes to warn the driver not to proceed.

Colliding with the bridge in Atlantic Road not only endangers lives, but it also causes significant damage to city infrastructure and deployment of human resources at the cost of ratepayers and results in unnecessary traffic congestion in an area that leaves limited capacity to accommodate alternative routes.

Twitter reactions to another collision with ‘Bridget’ 

There’s no getting away from it, Tweeps seemed really frustrated and fed up at the news of yet another truck coming into contact with the Atlantic Bridge.

Twitter users cannot understand how a truck driver can miss a height restriction board or not know the height of the vehicle they are driving. 

“This happens every so often despite there being a clear sign indicating the restricted height for vehicles wanting to pass under the bridge,” said one user. 

Another user said that truck drivers are sometimes under pressure to deliver whatever it is they are carrying, on time. 

“This is to be expected because I’ve personally witnessed trucks going into roads where trucks are forbidden because they want to take shortcuts and then cause traffic jams. I don’t think it’s about training, it’s more about work pressures and the need to deliver quickly,” said the user.