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Hawthorne Bridge, Portland

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The Hawthorne Bridge is a truss bridge with a vertical lift that spans the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, joining Hawthorne Boulevard and Madison Street. It is the oldest vertical-lift bridge in operation in the United States and the oldest highway bridge in Portland. It is also the busiest bicycle and transit bridge in Oregon, with over 8,000 cyclists and 800 TriMet buses (carrying about 17,400 riders) daily. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in November 2012.StatisticsThe bridge consists of five fixed spans and one 244ft vertical-lift span. It is 1382ft in total length. The bridge was originally 63ft wide, including two five-foot sidewalks, but the sidewalks were widened to 10 feet in 1998, increasing the structure's overall width to 73ft. The 880000lb counterweights are suspended from the two 165ft towers. On average, the lift span is raised for river traffic 120 times per month. While the river is at low level, the bridge is 49ft above the water, causing it to be raised an average of 200 times per month. As of 2001, the average daily traffic was 30,500 vehicles. The bridge was designed by Waddell & Harrington, which also designed the Steel and Interstate bridges. John Alexander Low Waddell invented the modern-day vertical-lift bridge.
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  • The Hawthorne Bridge is a truss bridge with a vertical lift that spans the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, joining Hawthorne Boulevard and Madison Street. Easily walkable or by bike.  more »
  • I loved walking across this 100 year old bridge with its openwork fencing and steel construction. It's not exactly peaceful, being one of the busiest bridges in the state but this bridge is an especia...  more »
  • A bridge is a bridge is a bridge - no big thing at all. OK to see walking or driving by but nothing to go looking for.  more »
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  • The bridge is very pedestrian friendly and it's adjacent to a small park and near the smallest park in the world. Look it up it's adorable.
  • My favorite bridge in Portland. It's the only one that has an attendant 24/7. You can see the counter weights as the bridge deck goes up. Killer view of the downtown.
  • Great bridge to walk over! Beautiful to stop and take picture's! It's view of Downtown is Amazing! Watch out for the many bicycles you share the bridge walk way with, this a favorite for morning commute! Enjoy your walk or ride, and take lot's of picture's!
  • One of my favorite bridges in a city full of lovely bridges. Walking across this, you'll inevitably stop a few times to take in the beautiful view of both the city and the river, especially at night.
  • One of my favorite bridges - thanks God it got a facelift about 15-20 yrs ago.
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