The Beauty of Moveable Bridges

My biggest interest to the bridges makes me want to write more about moveable bridge. I know that there’s a great technology behind these bridges, but these bridges look so beautiful. Have you ever heard about moveable bridge? It’s a type a bridge that can moves by itself. This bridge allows passage for boats or barges. There’s a reason why this bridge was created, like: efficiency (low price). With the disadvantage like the traffic must be stopped for a while, where the bridges have to move in different side. Usually the type of this bridge operated by gearing or hydraulic pistons and powered by electric motors. Some of these bridges were completed by video-cameras and loudspeakers. There’s a man who operated this bridge, we called him as a bridgeman. From this hub, I want to share the beauty of moveable bridge in the world.

Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Gateshead Millennium Bridge is the world's first tilt bridge. It is located in Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. This bridge was designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects and engineered by Gifford. It was made by steel with the aid of LUSAS Bridge analysis software. Gateshead Millennium Bridge stands 45m high and spans 105m, with total length of 126 meters or 413 feet. The bridge across the River Tyne (including the Tyne Bridge and Robert Stephenson's High Level Bridge) provide a link for pedestrians and cyclists as well. There are two large hydraulic rams at each side. The movement of this bridge allows small watercraft to pass under. This bridge powered by eight electric motors and it takes approximately four minutes to rotate the 850 tons of the structure in fully open position. It was need about 19,000 tons of concrete. Most of people called this as "Eyelid Bridge", because it’s like the blinking of an eye if seen from along the river. Gateshead Millennium Bridge was opened for public at September 17, 2001.

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The Rolling Bridge

This is incredible bridge I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s so cute and beautiful. The Rolling Bridge is located on the Paddington Basin, London (UK). This bridge was created by British designer, Thomas Heatherwick. It was completed in 2004, as part of the Grand Union Canal office and retail development project. It’s totally different with a conventional opening bridge mechanism. This bridge consisting of a single rigid element that lifts to let boats pass. It gets out of the way by curling up until its two ends touch. This bridge has twelve meter long with minimalist design and triangular in shape. The Rolling Bridge won the British Structural Steel Design Award in 2005. It has become a favorite landmark around the Paddington Basin area of London. I heard that it broke down in 2008, but don’t worry it has now been repaired. It opens every Friday at noon.

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Pegasus Bridge

This bridge is located in in Normandy, France. Pegasus Bridge is well known as Caen Canal Bridge or Bénouville Bridge. Caen Canal Bridge was renamed as Pegasus Bridge on 26 June 1944 (it was renamed Pegasus Bridge in honour of the operation). Pegasus Bridge was a vital strategic position during Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of France. It was built in 1934. There’s a new bridge where Pegasus Bridge once stood, but we can see the original of Pegasus Bridge on display at the Pegasus Bridge Museum (just next to the bridge itself). There’s a plaque near the bridge to remind about the events that occurred there (battle around the bridge).

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Slauerhoffbrug Bridges

The Slauerhoffbrug is located in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. Slauerhoffbrug Bridges designed by Van Driel Mechatronica. It is a fully automatic bridge with an ability to adapt to its surroundings. It has two arms to swing with an angle of 45 degrees. The deck has dimension of 15 x 15 meter. Slauerhoffbrug bridge is a landmark in the city of Leeuwarden both in open position as in closed position. It has wonderful characteristic. This bridge has large span to 30 or 40 meter are possible without principal beams with the lower side of the bridge is flat. With yellow and blue color, it crosses Harlinger Vaart River. It worked by two hydraulic cylinders located in a single pylon next to the bridge. The Slauerhoffbrug itself is built in an L-shape. This bridge officially opened in 2000. Slauerhoffbrug Bridges was made by steel and iron. The name of Slauerhoffbrug was taken by J.J. Slauerhoff, a Dutch poet. From outer appearance, it's like a Robot, right!

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Salford Quays lift bridge

Salford Quays Lift Bridge was also known as the Lowry Bridge the Millennium Bridge. It was built in 2000 to provide pedestrians. This bridge has 95-metre long with access between The Lowry Centre on the north bank of the Manchester Ship Canal, England. The location of this bridge is near with the terminus of the canal at the old Manchester Dock. This bridge was designed by Carlos Fernandez Casado and IChristiani & Nielsen as the general contractor, with the approximate cost about $7.5 million. This bridges lifted by hydraulically driven winches assisted by cast steel counter weights at each of the four corner towers. There are glass wind deflectors as the protector for the pedestrians from the wind. We can find glass wind deflectors along each edge of the bridge. The deck was design as an orthotropic. It is more efficient than a concrete deck. Salford Quays Lift Bridge normally operates from the electrical grid (completed with diesel backup system).

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Tower Bridge

It’s one of the famous bridges in the world. This bridge is located in London, England. Tower bridge was built in 1886-1894. It’s a combined between suspension and bascule bridge, over the River Thames. Tower bridge is an iconic symbol of London. With the Victorian Gothic style, the designer forced to create an amazing structure that would be in harmony with the nearby Tower of London. This bridge was designed by city architect Horace Jones in collaboration with John Wolfe Barry. It took 11,000 tons of steel to build this bridge. The mechanism became electrified in 1976. It used steam power to pump water into hydraulic accumulators. As one of the most favorite tourist attraction in London, many tourists love to take a picture. I heard that it is undergoing a renovation project and this project should be completed in 2012.

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Die Hörnbrücke in Kiel (folding bridge)

The category of this bridge is a folding bridge. This bridge is located in the city of Kiel in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. This bridge is become a attraction of the city, especially for pedestrians and cyclists. This bridge has 25.6 meters long, five meters wide, and it made of steel. The roads made of wood and equipped with lights hidden in the floor. This bridge so unique because of the folding design and this bridge as become a tourist attraction in Kiel.

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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Wow! things have changed so much since I left London.

The bridges photos are great. Vote up and interesting.


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MazioCreate 4 years ago from Brisbane Queensland Australia

I had no idea there were so many different types of bridges. Not only are they practical but in many cases beautiful to look at, particularly when moving. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.


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Coolmon2009 4 years ago from Texas, USA

Interesting, I didn't realize there were so many types of bridges, good article and photos.


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada

You find the most interesting things to write about - I love bridges!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, writer20 for coming and your attention to this hub. I thought you had seen the beauty of Tower Bridge in London. I always love your vote. Have a good day

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, MazioCreate. Good to see you here. Thank you very much for coming. I had the same idea with you about the beauty of these bridges especially when they moving. I hope you entertained with this information. Take care!

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Coolmon2009. I hope this hub useful for us and we can learn about amazing bridges based on technology. I am glad to know that you enjoy this hub. Cheers.....

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, RedElf. Thank you very much for stopping by. I hope this hub useful for you. Cheers... ~Prasetio


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Wow, these are some great looking bridges! Some of them are so beautiful and others are so imaginative! Quite amazing!

Great hub, Prasetio!

Voted up on this one.

Thanks!


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Mentalist acer 4 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Like a cross over a rainbow...thanks for sharing Pras.;))


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Pras, great hub, a real original and you let me see new designs, thanks,

Unc. Dust


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I learn so much from you. Up interesting and awesome.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Prasetio,

I am familiar with what we commonly call draw bridges but had never seen the beautiful ones you portrayed in this hub. Loved the pedestrian one in addition to the others. They are truly works of art! Lots of up votes! You deserve it!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Voted up and all across. A fantastic high quality article Prasetio. Very well done. The technology behind these bridges is absolutely remarkable. I haven't heard much about them. The videos blew my mind. It is almost like a glimpse into the near future for most bridges over traveled water. Excellent article. Hope all is well my friend. Best wishes and have a good day.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, SanneL. I am glad you love this information. I really appreciate your vote and your appreciation to this hub. Take care!

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Mentalist acer. I hope this hub useful for us and we can learn about amazing technology behind these bridges. Thank you so much for coming. Take care!

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My uncle, Dusty. Thank you very much for coming and share a beautiful comment to this hub. I am glad you enjoy this information. I hope you always healthy...amen.

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi,Pop. Good to see you here. I am glad you love this information. I missed you recipe...Take care! ~prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Peggy. Thank you very much for coming and share your opinion about this topic. They all amazing. That's why I wrote this and I want to introduce to the world. Your vote always cute! God bless you...

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Hi, pras, I love the way you find topics of interest that most people have not heard of nor seen before. This one was no exception. These bridges are miracles of engineering and fun to watch. Thanks for introducing them to us.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, drbj for your coming, share your opinion about these bridges, and always support my hubs. Thanks for your compliment about me. I hope I can give the best..amen.

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Some of these movable bridges are astounding Pras. Tower Bridge is quite something for photo beauty. Interesting on Pegasus Bridge's WW2 history too. Thank you brother, I would probably never have know about many of these wonders. Vote er up of course!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Once again, you present a unique and fantastic hub. So unusual and well done. I love the Gateshead Millenium Bridge which is beautifully designed. Thank you for opening up my world and bringing these bridges to me.

Blessings, my friend.

vocalcoach~


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, pras, these are really fantastic! I am ashamed to say that I never knew about the curling bridge in Paddington London, I love it! rated up! cheers nell


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is yet another interesting and informative hub, Prasetio! The bridges in your hub have very creative designs. Thank you for the tour of moveable bridges.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

You always bring us something new and exciting. Thank you Prasetio..Cheers


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My brother, Alastar Packer. Thank you very much for coming and share your thought about these bridges. I am glad you love Pegasus Bridge for the war history. Your vote really valuable here. Have a good day!

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, vocalcoach. I am so happy to see you here. Thank you very much for your compliment about this hub. I am proud to share this information with you. I hope this hub useful for us. I always love your vote. Cheers....

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Nell Rose. You don't need to be a shame. That's the benefit of HubPages. We can share about useful information where you might not know about that. I am so happy to know that this hub useful for you. I hope you can see the curling bridge one day. Take care!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Alicia. I hope this hub useful for you and give a little knowledge about amazing structure and great technology of the bridges. Thank you very much for coming.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Ruby. I hope you enjoy this hub. Thank you very much for coming. I hope you always healthy....amen.

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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

This is so amazing Prasetio. You even included some in UK. I enjoyed reading it and thanks so much for taking time to post all the Videos and photos. I wouldn't go on some of those bridges.... lol

I will share on F/B. Excellent Hub. :)


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

You have put so much work in this article Prasetio and the result is fantastic! Bridges are amazing, almost like a piece of art and at the same time great design. Thanks for sharing all these marvelous moveable bridges. Voted up,

Tina


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Lady_E. Thank you so much for your appreciation to this hub and share this on FB. I believe that you had seen some of them. I am glad to share this with you. Have a good day!

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Tina. Good to see you again. I am glad to know that you enjoy the information about moveable bridges like a piece of art. Thanks for always share your to all my hubs. God will repay your kindness. Cheers....

Prasetio


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi prasetio

Awesome hub! The roll up bridge is very cool.

Voted up up and away!

Enjoy your day.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Sueswan. Thank you very much for coming and share your attention to this hub, especially about the rolling bridge. I hope you enjoy this information. I love your vote. Have a good day. Cheers....

Prasetio


southpole 4 years ago

good looking man made structures,thank you so much for sharing with us about these bridges, they are all beautfull sir.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, southpole. Thanks for coming and your appreciation to these bridges. I hope you enjoy this hub and we can learn together about amazing structure of these bridges. ~prasetio


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Another Incredible Hub about bridges. I am so impressed. Simply amazing photographs and texts.

I am passing your Hubs on to all of my followers. :)


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, phdast7. Thank you very much for stopping by and your compliment about this hub. I hope this information useful for you and maybe you can visit one of these bridges one day. Take care!

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dieter dust 4 years ago

Really great article, some amazing technology on display. Thanks for sharing with us.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, dieter dust. Good to see you here. Thanks for reading and I am glad you enjoy it. Take care!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

This was an amazing journey. Bridges have always been a point of fascination for me. You have certainly highlighted some of the spectacular ones.

We have the Skyway Bridge here in Florida that makes you feel as if you are jetting right up into the heavens when you travel over it...you might want to check it out...

thanks for sharing prasetio...as always I enjoy reading your articles. Sending Angels to you and yours..:) ps


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, pstraubie48. Thanks for coming. I am glad to know that you always love my hubs, including this one. I really appreciate your comment. Okay, I'll check the Skyway Bridge in Florida. I believe this is amazing bridge as well. Take care and enjoy your day!

Prasetio


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Another winner hub, my friend. Awesome information and excellent pictures. These bridges are amazing, as amazing as the variety of your hubs.

Voted up, interesting and awesome.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Brother, rajan jolly. Thanks for coming and your compliment to this hub. I am glad you love the information of these bridges. Once again, thanks for the vote and rating the hub. Have a good day :-)

Prasetio


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btrbell 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Very interesting! A modern twist on the drawbridge of olde! Thank you for sharing this with beautiful pictures and video clips! UP+


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, btrbell. Thank you very much for coming and I am glad to know that you love this hub. I'll write more about beautiful bridge around the world. Just stay tune. Take care!

Prasetio


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Rachel L Alba 18 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

I have seen such bridges like the ones you show and write about. They are beautiful, I would love to see them in person. The only different type of bridge I saw is a covered bridge. Thanks for sharing this hub and beautiful pictures.


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prasetio30 17 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Rachel L Alba . I am glad you love this hub. Have a good day!


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prasetio30 17 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Rachel L Alba . I am glad you love this hub. Have a good day!

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