Bridge raised for river traffic.
|Other name(s)||the 'Flying Drawbridge'|
|Material||Iron and steel|
|Total length||15 m|
|Designer||Van Driel Mechatronica|
The Slauerhoffbrug (English: Slauerhoff Bridge) is a fully automatic bascule bridge (aka tail bridge) 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.
The bridge uses two arms to swing a section of road in and out of place within the road itself. The deck is 15 m by 15 m. It is painted in yellow and blue, representative of Leeuwarden's flag and seal. 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.
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