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St. Johns Bridge, Portland

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The St. Johns Bridge is a steel suspension bridge that spans the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, USA, between the St. Johns neighborhood and the northwest industrial area around Linnton. It carries U.S. Route 30 Bypass. It is the only suspension bridge in the Willamette Valley and one of three public highway suspension bridges in Oregon.The bridge has two 408ft tall Gothic towers, a 1207ft center span and a total length of 2067ft. The adjacent park and neighborhood of Cathedral Park, Portland, Oregon are named after the Gothic Cathedral-like appearance of the bridge towers. It is the tallest bridge in Portland, with 400ft tall towers and a 205ft navigational clearance.HistoryDesigned by internationally renowned engineer David B. Steinman (1886–1960) and Holton D. Robinson, of New York, the St. Johns was the longest suspension-type bridge west of the Mississippi River at the time of construction. It is the only major highway suspension bridge in the Willamette Valley and one of only three major highway suspension bridges in Oregon.At the time of the proposal to build the bridge, the area was served by a ferry that carried 1,000 vehicles a day. The proposal for a bridge was initially met with skepticism in Multnomah County, since St. Johns and Linnton were over five miles (8 km) from the heart of the city, and local business owners had minimal political clout. But after a lobbying effort that included a vaudeville-style show performed at grange halls and schools throughout the county, voters approved a $4.25 million bond for the bridge in the November 1928 elections. Initially, a cantilever bridge was proposed, but a suspension bridge was selected due to an estimated $640,000 savings in construction costs.
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  • Pretty bridge with a nice view of the city. Drove over it and walked a few times during our trip. I'm sure it's even nicer in the summer  more »
  • The park area under the bridge is lovely and quiet (who would've guessed?) It is a good place for a little walk and shows how impressive the bridge itself is. Make sure to check out the local shops in...  more »
  • St John's Bridge is a fantastic site... It has the look of a church which may be the reasoning behind the name!?! No matter if you drive across this bridge during the daytime or at night they both hav...  more »
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  • The St. Johns Bridge is a work product of the great history of America. The lanes are narrow for the big trucks for sure. The joy of passing over this artwork never ends, I used to travel over it two times a day. The views are just as beautiful one day to the next. It makes me a proud American every time I see the construction--which if you have read Wikipedia know began a month before the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and provided many county residents with employment. It is magic to create such a priceless beauty at the time of our greatest economic devastation.
  • My favorite bridge in Portland. So ornate and tall. Beautiful green spires on top. Pretty arches underneath in cathedral park. Nice spot for a picnic or watching a play in the summer.
  • Great place to walk the dog get sunshine talk to great people and fishing is awesome. Noticed the water is getting​ cleaner since a couple years ago. Didn't know we had fresh water clams, they are small bit its a start that shows how clean our water is getting. The restrooms are not that clean. Main parking lot ia ok.
  • Nice view, but the sidewalks are a bit narrow for pedestrians. Don't walk there if you're not comfortable with heights or suffer from Vertigo :)
  • The most photogenic bridge in Portland, very beautiful and has a park underneath it on the east side.

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