Slauerhoffbrug

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Slauerhoffbrug
Slauerhoffbrug ‘Flying’ Drawbridge by Hindrik 1.jpg
Bridge raised for river traffic.
Other name(s) the 'Flying Drawbridge'
Carries Traffic
Crosses Harlinger Vaart River
Locale Leeuwarden, Netherlands
1.2 km W of Leeuwarden, 5.7 km NW of Provincie Friesland, 10.1 km W of Tietjerk, 19.5 km NxNE of Sneek
Designer Van Driel Mechatronica
Material Iron and steel
Total length 15 m[1]
Width 15 m[1]
Opened 2000[2]
Coordinates 53°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
Type: Tail bridge[3]

The Slauerhoffbrug (English: Slauerhoff Bridge) is a fully automatic bascule bridge (aka tail bridge)[3] in the city of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands. It uses two arms to swing a section of road in and out of place within the road itself. This movable bridge is also known as the “Slauerhoffbrug ‘Flying’ Drawbridge”.

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.[3]

The deck is 15 m by 15 m.[1] It is painted in yellow and blue, representative of Leeuwarden's flag and seal.[3]

Slauerhoffbrug is perhaps named after J.J. Slauerhoff, the famous Leeuwarder, Dutch poet.[citation needed]

Slauerhoffbrug in down position.

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

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