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Burnside Bridge, Portland

Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
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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  • 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 ...  read 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...  read more »
  • 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.
  • This is a great bridge! I love riding my bike on it. The pictures you can take from the bridge are impressive! I also like the access to the water front on the South side. Even when the bridge is raised, it is fun!
  • awesome!!!! never forget it
  • The chef d'oeuvre of the Bauhaus impresario Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the Sellwood Bridge is an art-deco masterpiece that has been one of the true gems of Portland architecture and urban design since it opened in 1925. Its graceful, soaring curves and lustrous granite arches lend a stately feel to the southern end of the city. With its wide, subtly-elevated sidewalks, it has a placid and isolated feel in which pedestrians and cyclists can truly bask. Furthermore, it offers unparalleled views of the 9,677 ft peak of Mount Saint Helens, just to the north. Two thumbs up.
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