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Engineering sometimes go unnoticed, ‘to calm to draw attention‘ but other times they make waves. The Slauerhoffbrug Bridge known as the The Flying Drawbridge located in the city of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands is definitely one that catches our attention making a splash with its design, efficiency, and elegance. Yes, we said it ‘elegance’ why? This fully automatic bascule bridge also known as ‘Tail Bridge’ utilizes one pylon instead of hinges to quickly raise and lower allowing water traffic to quickly flow while stopping road traffic briefly. Moreover, the deck is 15 m by 15 m (50 x 50 ft) is painted yellow and blue to represent Leeuwarden’s flag and seal.

 

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