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Burnside Bridge, Portland

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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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  • Under the bridge in burnsideskertpark a famous skateboard park. Should be a place where I think those of you who have been skateboarding, I want to go. I think if you visited Portland is located in the little town, accessible by bus and so and so, by all means wants to go. And greetings are absolutely friendly local greeting once, so I went everywhere. Recommended to fired up ward off troublesome people after a man without a greeting, it cold be (laughs), was surrounded near the bus stop there, but just continue to ignore the.
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  • We saw this bridge while in Portland. We saw lots of bridges. This was just one more - nothing more even though it was nice to look at.  more »
  • This is an old school bascule bridge that gets the job done with a minimum of adornment or fuss. Very useful.  more »
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  • It's a great place to go to watch far enough from the crowds all of the activities that take place along the river and it's parks along the banks, without being trampled by able bodied people. Whenever there are fireworks on the river I also go for accessible view!
  • It's probably one of the least cool bridges in Portland but the west side of town the bridge connects to is poppin.
  • Plenty of room for pedestrian traffic when there isn't a protest. It gets the job done.
  • Center of the bridge = Center of the grid Now you wanna go SE, north, NW, east, west over the hills or wut.
  • Probably one of the more iconic bridges in Portland - it's busy during rush hour as it's a main artery through the city.

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