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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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TripAdvisor
  • 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, ra...  more »
  • The Burnside Bridge is a Strauss-type double-leaf bascule bridge built in 1926 that spans the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. Two Italian Renai...  more »
  • This bridge aint the prettiest, but it is kind of pretty especially at night when the lights are reflecting off the water.  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