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Rotterdam, Willemsbrug foto8 2010-11-28 13.40.JPG
Coordinates 51°55′02″N 4°29′44″E / 51.91722°N 4.49556°E / 51.91722; 4.49556Coordinates: 51°55′02″N 4°29′44″E / 51.91722°N 4.49556°E / 51.91722; 4.49556
Crosses Nieuwe Maas
Locale Rotterdam
Preceded by Willemsbrug (1879)
Design Cable-stayed bridge
Total length 318m
Width 33m
Height 65m
Longest span 270m
Architect Cor Veerling (Gemeentewerken)
Construction start 1975 (1975)
Construction end 1981 (1981)
Opened 1981 (1981)

The Willemsbrug is a bridge next to the Erasmusbrug in the centre of Rotterdam, spanning the Nieuwe Maas. It links the northern part of the city with the Noordereiland and (in combination with the Koninginnebrug) the district of Feijenoord.

the Willembrug as seen from the Erasmus Bridge

The bridge was completed in 1981, designed by C. Veerling and named after King Willem III of the Netherlands. It replaced an older bridge which had been opened in 1879 but was severely outdated by the time the decision was made to build a new one. Because of the intensity of the traffic using the old bridge, it was decided to build the new one 150 metres upstream to avoid upsetting the daily flow of traffic across the river. After the completion of the new bridge the old one was demolished.

The Willemsbrug is a cable-stayed bridge with a total span of about 318 meters. It is painted in a red color which puts it in sharp contrast with the light blue painted Erasmus Bridge.

Rotterdam, bridge: de Willemsbrug


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