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The Erasmusbridge in rotterdam
Locale Rotterdam, Netherlands The Netherlands
Material Steel
Total length 802-metre-long (2,631 ft)
Width 338-metre-wide (1,109 ft)
Height 139-metre-high (456 ft)
Designer Ben van Berkel
Construction end 1996
Construction cost 165.000.000 Guilder

The Erasmusbridge is a bridge in the city of Rotterdam. The bridge was the second bridge built over the Maas river. The bridge is named after Desiderius Erasmus who was born in Rotterdam. The bridge connects the northern and southern parts of Rotterdam. The bridge is designed by Ben van Berkel. Queen Beatrix opened the bridge in 1996. The bridge is a 802 metres (2,631 ft) long Cable-stayed bridge, and is 139 metres (456 ft) high. Between the pillar and the district "Kop Van Zuid" is a 89 metres (292 ft) long bascule Bridge (it lifts to allow ships to pass under it). The Erasmusbridge has the biggest and heaviest bascule bridge in Europe. The bridge was used in events such as 2010 Tour de France, Rotterdam Marathon and The World Port Days.

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