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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 is the second bridge at the same site to carry that name. 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. As of 2005, the bridge opened for river traffic an average of 35 times a month.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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  • There are plenty other bridges in town that are more interesting than this one. (Check out the new pedestrian bridge or the Hawthorne bridge, for example.) But, this bridge can be handy. First off, rarely do they raise it ... only when the navy fleet, for example, arrives or leaves for the Rose Parade. Secondly it is wide ... which is useful if you want to bike or walk ... and not deal with vertigo issues or other heavy non-car traffic. The rerouting they've done on the Eastside has made entrance onto the bridge easier (and safer) in recent years. Do keep an eye out for glass if you're biking across. If you're biking over to downtown, my suggestion would be to take a lower SE street to cross over to Burnside, and then to circle back onto the bridge to make your way into the business of downtown traffic.
  • I love to take pictures from there cause I can catch downtown in all it's different moods.
  • Burnside Bridge needs Construction. Good thing it is happening Right now. There’s some fence wall that has a crack and it’s falling apart and the Sidewalk was just about to Collapsed and the Bridge will Collapsed too. Or they might need to build a new bridge. At some point there will be a Major 9.2 Earthquake that will destroy the Bridge and nobody should be crossing. There a Video that shows the Bridge Shaking during the Earthquake. The Bridge had to be Narrow Down to 3 Lanes. One Lane going West and 2 Lanes going East. During Martin Luster King Day is to go on MLK Blvd on MLK Day in Portland to celebrate the Holiday. He was the good guy but passed away so long time.
  • It gets me across the river every time I use it I've even been on it when the parade was going on we had to stop in the middle of the parade and everybody had to get off of it because the boats are coming in and I lift it up watch everybody's cops and stuff all pretty cool I'll go later now that I'm older I think I was a lot of garbage going into the river
  • Best views. Interesting to see when the bridge opens.
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