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vertical lift bridge, Alphen aan den Rijn.
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The striking vertical lift bridge at the Gouwesluis over the river Gouwe was built at the end of the 1930s. The Gouwe was broadend to improve the waterconnection between Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Simulair bridges were built in Boskoop and Waddinxveen. During the second world war the bridge was loaded with explosives to blow it if necessary. It was not used but one of the dynamite sticks exploded when the bridge was hit by lightning. In the 1970s a crane vehicle was 1 meter too high and hit the bridge, it was severly damaged. In 2003 the moving part was taken out and send away to be restored. The bridge was closed for several weeks.
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