Monday, May 7, 2012

Auckland Viaduct, mechanical bridge

The Viaduct at Auckland waterfront. This is a  mechanical bridge that can be raised to allow passage into the basin to the fishing vessels which used it.

My water engineer is so sweet, when I asked him is there is a special name for the mechanical bridge, he found the following definition for me. In fact the photos were taken by him.
A bascule bridge (sometimes referred to as a drawbridge) is a moveable bridge with a counterweight that continuously balances the span, or "leaf," throughout the entire upward swing in providing clearance for boat traffic.


Mary Bergfeld said...

Ann, your photos are wonderful. Thank you for visiting my blog. It brought me here. I'll be back often. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Aiketa said...

First I thought you were saying that the first picture was from Auckland and couldn't believe how much looked like the Golden Gate... but then I get it all!

Nice photos!

Regards from Barcelona.

The JR said...

A neat bridge.

genie said...

Thanks for the definition. So interesting. I love that red bridge. It is so long. Nice capture. Sorry I am so late commenting. genie

Unknown said...

Thanks for the info Ann, I went to Auckland Viaduct Harbor on November 2013, it was great! I just love the city and the weather!
Have a great weekend!