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

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”. 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.[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 named after J.J. Slauerhoff, the famous Leeuwarder, Dutch poet.[citation needed]

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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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