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Burnside Bridge, Portland
(3.2/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
The Burnside Bridge is a 1926-built bascule bridge that spans the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, United States, carrying Burnside Street. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in November 2012.DesignThe bridge was designed by Ira G. Hedrick and Robert E. Kremers, incorporating a bascule lift mechanism designed by Joseph Strauss.Including approaches, the Burnside has a total length of 2308ft and a 251ft center span. While lowered this span is normally 64ft above the river. The deck is made of concrete, which contributes to its being one of the heaviest bascule bridges in the United States. The counterweights, housed inside the two piers, weigh 1700ST. The lifting is normally controlled by the Hawthorne Bridge operator, but an operator staffs the west tower during high river levels.The bridge provides shelter for the initially unauthorized Burnside Skatepark under the east end. On weekends, the Portland Saturday Market was held mostly under the bridge's west end for many years. The market was reoriented in 2009, but the Burnside Bridge continues to provide shelter for a few vendor stalls at the market's northern end.
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TripAdvisor
  • Although not the most beautiful, it's one of the oldest, most historic with easy pedestrian access at both the east and west ends. Also, close to restaurants, taverns and the famous Saturday Market. 
  • I'm not sure why this was ranked in the top attractions of Portland, but please trust me...Portland has much more to offer. Curse as you're stuck in traffic waiting on this bridge, but don't visit it ...  more »
  • There is easy pedestrian access to both sides of the river to loop between the other bridges. One can see the semi-famous huge old-school Portland sign, but you can't really get a good picture because...  more »
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  • More like Bumside Bridge. F@#%$^&**( hatred for the mentally ill pretty much sums that up.
  • The bridge lift is super cool to watch. That's something I never saw growing up in Arizona.
  • Funky place with lots of interesting shops, bars and cafes
  • Walked Burnside more times that I can count.
  • Pretty bridge with nice views