The century-old wooden bridge over Milnerton Lagoon, which has seen better days, is set to be restored.
The bridge, an historic landmark in Cape Town built at the turn of the last century, was in 2007 ruled to be too dangerous for public use after its condition had deteriorated considerably.
As a provincial monument, the bridge, which gives access to Woodbridge Island, is protected by the National Heritage Resources Act which states that the care and maintenance of heritage resources is that of the owners. In this case that means the city.
But the fact that another more modern bridge, very close to the wooden bridge, is being used instead has made it difficult to secure funding for restoration and maintenance, the city's Environmental Resource Department has said.
Cecilia de Bruyn, of the Heritage Resources branch, said the city had applied for Lotto funding for the repairs, but when the this would happen had yet to be confirmed.