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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
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
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  • It's probably one of the least cool bridges in Portland but the west side of town the bridge connects to is poppin.
  • Center of the bridge = Center of the grid Now you wanna go SE, north, NW, east, west over the hills or wut.
  • Plenty of room for pedestrian traffic when there isn't a protest. It gets the job done.
  • Great place to wander around for a bit. In the dry season.
  • Probably one of the more iconic bridges in Portland - it's busy during rush hour as it's a main artery through the city.