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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 244 ft long vertical-lift span. It is 1,382 feet in total length. The 880,000 pound counterweights are suspended from the two 165 ft tall towers. While the river is at low level the bridge is 49 feet 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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  • Arrangement of old rusty bridges paired with some newer ones, with the charme of those busy entrepreneur days when industries were booming. US-style. Industrial. All in all a nice overall place - good...  more »
  • We were reading about the Bridge and the system where the central section lifts to allow larger River traffic. Having strolled through the Waterfront Park and sitting enjoying the sunshine, with great...  more »
  • I believe there are 13 or 14 bridges that span the Willamette River and this one was one of my favorites. You can walk across and visualize how/when it was built and marvel at all the metal in it. We ...  more »
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  • Great place to watch July 4th fireworks! Front row seats!
  • 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. The current bridge was built to replace the second Madison Street Bridge, a wooden bridge built in 1900. It cost $511,000 to build[7] and was opened on December 19, 1910.[1] Hawthorne Boulevard (and thus the bridge) was named after Dr. J.C. Hawthorne, the co-founder of Oregon's first mental hospital and early proponent for the first Morrison Bridge. It is a great bridge and can get you down town quickly unless their are Protesters are on the bridge.
  • Awesome view when you cross the bridge. :)
  • What can I say this is one of the prettier bridges!!!...Lots of character and a favorite of the biking community in Portland....leads right into the heart of downtown Portland.
  • It's a bridge and it's nice it exists so we can drive across it

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