17 October 2013
Rotterdam Bridges: 2. Erasmus Bridge Elevated Walkway
I’m including this structure in my series of reports primarily as a curiosity.
It sits a short distance from the south end of the Erasmus Bridge, and I’m unclear to what extent it is intended as a functional walkway, and to what extent it may be a work of art. It’s a bridge in most senses of the word, except that it crosses no obstacle.
The user ascends a staircase at one end, traverses a walkway between two steel girders, and then descends a further staircase.
The experience is largely pointless, except to the extent that it offers an elevated view of the Erasmus Bridge and its environs. It’s a promenade, a chance to survey the urban surroundings.
Although it was unoccupied when I visited, I imagine it as a place to stand and sip a cocktail as the city lights dance on the water in the evening.
I suspect the reality may be just as likely to involve drunkards swigging Heineken, but I am merely speculating.