Because of prevalent rivers and high boat traffic, a bridge in the Netherlands needs to be able to quickly raise and lower over relatively small waterways. Dutch architects answer this conundrum with an unusual design known as the tail bridge.
Located in the city of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands is Slauerhoffbrug (English: Slauerhoff Bridge), a fully automatic bascule bridge sometimes referred to as a ‘tail bridge’.
Slauerhoffbrug, which is affectionately known as the ‘Flying Drawbridge’ can be quickly and efficiently raised and lowered from one pylon (instead of hinges). This allows water traffic to quickly pass while only briefly stalling road and bike traffic above. The deck is 15 m by 15 m (50 x 50 ft) and is painted yellow and blue to represent Leeuwarden’s flag and seal.