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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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  • July 21, 2017
    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 »
  • June 17, 2017
    This is an old school bascule bridge that gets the job done with a minimum of adornment or fuss. Very useful.  more »
  • April 19, 2017
    Definitely worth a walk across this bridge for the views you'll see. It's relatively quick, maybe 10 minutes or so. Sidewalks aren't super wide though, so the traffic will feel close.  more »
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  • June 22, 2017
    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!
  • March 30, 2017
    It's probably one of the least cool bridges in Portland but the west side of town the bridge connects to is poppin.
  • January 22, 2017
    Plenty of room for pedestrian traffic when there isn't a protest. It gets the job done.
  • May 16, 2017
    Center of the bridge = Center of the grid Now you wanna go SE, north, NW, east, west over the hills or wut.
  • February 23, 2017
    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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