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Hawthorne Bridge, Portland

Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
3.9/5 based on 50 reviews on the web
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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  • This is an interesting bridge as they do not built them like this anymore. It is however a very busy bridge so plan according. 
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  • Not the newest, or prettiest, this steel bridge allows you to cross from either the East side, or the West side. After traveling in either direction, unless serious, untold consequences occur, you wil...  read more »
  • There are ratings for bridges? Well I give it 5 stars. A few gave it 1 or 2 because of traffic, poor design, and even no wifi. Really? The bridge was built in 1910 for cars and horses that weigh less than the vehicles today. Plus Portland's population has grown considerably since 1910 so what do you expect from a bridge that's over 100 years old? Yes the bridge vibrates, but from an engineering standpoint you want a structure to flex especially when you build in an earth quake prone area. Ounce a year when they close the top deck of the Fremont for the bridge pedal they still keep the bottom deck open. when you stand still you really feel that bridge shake. The fact that the Hawthorne is still standing today and doing its job well makes it a great bridge in my view. Plus I like a bridge with character unlike it's ugly neighbor the Marquam bridge.
  • Great bridge next to the park at the river. They had a spring festival on the week i was visiting. Kids and adults all in the park celebrating and many walking, biking, skating running on the bridge. :) had a great time.
  • Saw the fireworks on the 4th of July. Most amazing show in Portland. So much fun.
  • Best bridge in Portland. Gets me to work. Gets me home. Has metal grating. A+
  • Not sure why Google wants me to review a bridge so badly, but I guess it is rather historic and distinctive looking.
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