'Will the cables hold?' That was the big question in October 1996 when it became clear that the Erasmus Bridge had started to oscillate in a force 6 wind. The deck of the bridge is suspended on span cables, a bit like the strings of a piano in that they each produce a certain tone. Employees from shock absorber manufacturer Koni of Oud-Beijerland mounted shock absorbers to the span cables of the Erasmus Bridge to absorb these unwanted vibrations. This was a clever technical feat, and one which has since been applied in many other countries!

1996; ZOUWE DE TOUWE ’T HOUWE?

By Leunis Verlinde (Stadsarchief: Ontwikkelingsbedrijf Rotterdam)

'Will the cables hold?' That was the big question in October 1996 when it became clear that the Erasmus Bridge had started to oscillate in a force 6 wind. The deck of the bridge is suspended on span cables, a bit like the strings of a piano in that they each produce a certain tone. Employees from shock absorber manufacturer Koni of Oud-Beijerland mounted shock absorbers to the span cables of the Erasmus Bridge to absorb these unwanted vibrations. This was a clever technical feat, and one which has since been applied in many other countries!

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