Oct 29, 2013

This ‘Flying Drawbridge’ in the Netherlands is Amazing

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Photograph by Bert Kaufmann

 

Located in the city of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands is Slauerhoffbrug (English: Slauerhoff Bridge), a fully automatic bascule bridge sometimes referred to as a ‘tail bridge’.

Slauerhoffbrug, which is affectionately known as the ‘Flying Drawbridge’ can be quickly and efficiently raised and lowered from one pylon (instead of hinges). This allows water traffic to quickly pass while only briefly stalling road and bike traffic above. The deck is 15 m by 15 m (50 x 50 ft) and is painted yellow and blue to represent Leeuwarden’s flag and seal. [Source]

 

Nee, het wordt weer netjes neergelegd - no, it's laid back orderly.

 

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Wat is dat nu weer? - Een sprinkhaan, a locust?

 

According to Popular Mechanics, Slauerhoffbrug was designed by Van Driel Mechatronica in 2000 and crosses over the Harlinger Vaart River. Constructed from iron and steel, the bridge is raised and lowered about 10 times a day. [Source]

 

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Slauerhoffbrug Timelapse

 

To see Slauerhoffbrug on Google Maps, enter 53.199019, 5.765843 or click here

 

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