Four bridges, north of Antwerp
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dirkjogt
N 51° 20.674 E 004° 17.276
31U E 589701 N 5688930
Quick Description: F.Hendrikbrug, Zandvlietbrug, Oudendijkbrug and Berendrechtbrug, bridges over the two biggest waterway locks in the world, Zandvlietsluis and Berendrechtsluis
Location: Belgium
Date Posted: 11/19/2007 12:05:32 PM
Waymark Code: WM2M6P
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member tiki-4
Views: 31

Long Description:
Over the ‘Berendrechtsluis’ are two bascule bridges, the ‘Oudendijkbrug’ and the ‘Berendrechtbrug’. Over the ‘Zandvlietsluis’ also are two bascule bridges, the ‘Frederik Hendrikbrug’ and the ‘Zandvlietbrug’.
The ‘Berendrechtsluis’ is a waterway lock situated north of the Port of Antwerp. It forms together with the ‘Zandvlietsluis’ a complex of waterway locks between the ‘Westerschelde’ and the ‘Kanaaldok’ (waterway towards the Port of Antwerp). With a length of 500 meters, 68 meters breadth and 13,5 meters deep it’s the biggest lock in the world, even bigger then the locks of the Panama canal. Before the completion of the ‘Berendrechtsluis’ in 1989 the sister lock, the ‘Zandvlietsluis’ (500 meters length, 57 meters breadth), was the biggest in the world. A bascule bridge is a drawbridge with a counterweight that continuously balances the span, or "leaf," throughout the entire upward swing in providing clearance for boat traffic. Bascule is a French term for seesaw and balance, and bascule bridges operate along the same principle. They are the most common type of movable bridge in existence because they open quickly and require relatively little energy to operate.
The port of Antwerp is one of the most important maritime ports of Europe and one of the biggest of the world, with regular lines to 800 destinations oversea. With a total cargo turnover of 142.874.512 metric tonnes a year it is classified fourth, according to international maritime traffic listings in 2003. Only Rotterdam, Singapore and Shanghai have a larger overall turnover.
Bridge Type: Drawbridge (Bascule Bridge)

Span: Two over 68 meters, two over 57 meters

Bicycle Traffic: yes

Vehicular Traffic: yes

Railway Traffic: yes

Built: Not listed

Pedestrian Traffic: Not Listed

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