Slauerhoffbrug

The Slauerhoffbrug (English: Slauerhoff Bridge) is a fully automatic bascule bridge (aka tail bridge)[1] in the city of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands. It is a road bridge that carries the Slauerhoffweg (named after J. Slauerhoff) over the Harlingervaart. It was completed in 2000.

Slauerhoffbrug
Slauerhoffbrug ‘Flying’ Drawbridge by Hindrik 1.jpg
Bridge raised for river traffic.
Coordinates53°11′55″N 5°45′57″E / 53.19850°N 5.76583°E / 53.19850; 5.76583Coordinates: 53°11′55″N 5°45′57″E / 53.19850°N 5.76583°E / 53.19850; 5.76583
CarriesTraffic
CrossesHarlingervaart
LocaleLeeuwarden, Netherlands
Other name(s)the 'Flying Drawbridge'
Characteristics
DesignTail bridge[1]
MaterialIron and steel
Total length15 m[2]
Width15 m[2]
History
DesignerVan Driel Mechatronica
Opened2000[3]
Location

The bridge uses two arms to swing a section of road in and out of place. The deck is 15 m by 15 m.[2] It is painted in yellow and blue, representative of Leeuwarden's flag and seal.[1] This movable bridge is also known as the “Slauerhoffbrug ‘Flying’ Drawbridge”. One of the main designers is Emile Asari. A tail bridge can quickly and efficiently be raised and lowered from one pylon (instead of hinges). This quickly allows water traffic to pass while only briefly blocking road traffic.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Pinkerton, Lindsey (20 February 2009). "Strange Architecture: Bridge Design in the Netherlands". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Van Driel Mechatronica". Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Neatorama". Retrieved 6 January 2010.

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