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Flying Drawbridge in the Netherlands is Brilliant

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Flying Drawbridge in the Netherlands is Brilliant

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]

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]

Flying Drawbridge in the Netherlands

Flying Drawbridge in the Netherlands

Photograph by Erik Tjallinks on Flickr

 

Flying Drawbridge in the Netherlands

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