Erasmus Bridge – Rotterdam – The Netherlands
I was born in Rotterdam, 56 years ago. The city was still suffering from the Second World War. The city centre was destroyed in May 1940 causing thousands of victims. Rotterdam was a construction place for dozens of years. My playing ground as a kid was a wasteland. The Erasmus Bridge is one of the latest monuments reflecting the ‘reborn’ city.
Rotterdam is one of the largest main ports in the world. By far the largest harbor in Europe. The economic engine of Holland. However, in Amsterdam they have the illusion that they are running the country. Not. They have the Nightwatch, we have the money.
Erasmus Bridge (Dutch: Erasmusbrug) is a cable-stayed bridge across the Nieuwe Maas, linking the northern and southern regions of Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Erasmus Bridge was designed by Ben van Berkel and completed in 1996. The 802-metre-long (2,631 ft) bridge has a 139-metre-high (456 ft) asymmetrical pylon, earning the bridge its nickname of “The Swan”.
The southern span of the bridge has an 89-metre-long (292 ft) bascule bridge for ships that cannot pass under the bridge. The bascule bridge is the largest and heaviest in West Europe and has the largest panel of its type in the world. After costing more than 163 million euros to construct, the bridge was officially opened by Queen Beatrix on September 6, 1996. Shortly after the bridge opened to traffic in October 1996, it was discovered the bridge would swing under particularly strong wind conditions. To reduce the trembling, stronger shock dampers were installed.