ENJOY THIS VIDEO OF THE PORTLAND BRIDGES!
As we prepare for our 2 field experiences this week showcasing the history of Portland’s bridges, let’s look at a brief introduction to these incredible bridges.
The Hawthorne Bridge is the oldest bridge in Portland, built in 1910. Did you also know that it is the oldest vertical lift bridge in the entire country? The Steel Bridge was built in 1912. It’s the 2nd oldest vertical lift bridge in the United States. The Broadway Bridge opened in 1913 and is known for being the largest Rall Bascule bridge in the world. It’s also red in color!
The Fremont Bridge is a newer bridge in Portland, built in 1973. It’s also the longest bridge in Portland. The Marquam Bridge was built in 1966 and is a very busy bridge. It is a double-deck, steel-truss cantilever bridge. The Morrison Bridge was built in 1887 and by 1958 changed from a wooden truss style to a swing bridge and then to a drawbridge.
How about the Burnside Bridge?, It was built in 1926 and is another draw bridge. The architect of this bridge, Joseph Straus, built the Golden Gate Bridge! The St John’s Bridge was built in 1931 and is a suspension bridge. It’s exciting to look at the beautiful arches of this bridge. The Ross Island Bridge opened in 1926 and is a cantilever truss bridge. The Interstate Bridge was built in 1917-1918. It carries traffic over the Columbia river between Portland and Vancouver.
The Tilikum Crossing bridge opened in September, 2015. It is a cable-stayed, suspension bridge. This special Portland bridge carries the Tri-Met orange line, streetcars, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The original Sellwood Bridge opened in 1925 and was a two-lane truss bridge. However, it was just rebuilt and is now a deck arch bridge that spans the Willamette River in Portland. This current bridge just opened in 2016 and is our newest bridge!