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Leonard B Smith Bridge - Willemstad, Curacao
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Raven
N 12° 06.409 W 068° 55.972
19P E 507305 N 1338366
Quick Description: A small double-leaf pedestrian drawbridge built in honor of the architect of a famous swinging wooden pontoon bridge nearby.
Location: Curaçao
Date Posted: 1/8/2014 10:35:26 PM
Waymark Code: WMJWZP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member UMainah
Views: 10

Long Description:
This small double-leaf pedestrian drawbridge spans the mouth of the "Waaigat", a tiny inlet which opens into the St. Anna Bay separating downtown Willemstad into two local districts: Punda (the Point) and Otrobanda (the Other Side). The mouth of the Waaigat is home to small vessels used mostly for commercial purposes, namely a fleet of fruit and vegetables merchants selling their wares on the famous Floating Market right at the water's edge.

The pedestrian bridge is adorned with ornate counterweight levers, and features a unique architectural design: rather than the two leaves touching each other at the center of the bridge, each leaf spans the entire length of the drawbridge itself and covers half of the overall bridge's width, giving the appearance of two identical narrow single-leaf (and single-beam) drawbridges placed facing each other.

The bridge was named after the American entrepreneur and US Consul Leonard Burlington Smith who built the nearby Queen Emma swinging pontoon bridge in 1888. That particular bridge floats on 16 pontoons and is hinged so that it can be opened to enable unobstructed passage of large commercial vessels and cruise ships sailing between the open seas and the capital's inner harbor, see waymark WMGME2 (http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMGME2_Queen_Emma_Bridge_Curacao).
Bridge Type: Drawbridge (Bascule Bridge)

Built: 12/7/2007

Span: 8-10 meters... although the entire bridge itself is about 33 meters

Pedestrian Traffic: yes

Bicycle Traffic: yes

Vehicular Traffic: no

Railway Traffic: no

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