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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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  • August 9, 2017
    My wife and I visited the wonderful city of Portland, Oregon in April 2017 and we had a recommendation to make the drive over the St. John's bridge. On our last full day in Portland we headed over in ...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    It has a beautiful view while driving. You can walk the bridge also. I am glad we took the opportunity to drive on it.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    The bridge is cool, and you'll get a good look at it waiting in traffic. We could not believe the highway traffic in Portland. We avoided the highways as much as we could because it was easier for us ...  more »
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  • June 18, 2017
    Such a beautiful bridge to drive, walk over and play under. Visited with a friend when visiting mostly for the photo opportunity below the bridge. Easy parking and access. If you're passing by it's worth the stop.
  • March 19, 2017
    This is a gorgeous bridge. One of my favorites in all of Oregon. I love it so much. A great park underneath. Take my pup there several times a week it's so lovely
  • June 11, 2017
    Beautiful design of the bridge, amazing river views, go when traffic isn't heavy though or it will be loud.
  • March 16, 2017
    St. Johns is one of my favorite bridges in Portland. Great views of the Willamette River and Fremont bridge. Nice park underneath the bridge too. A great photogenic place.
  • March 27, 2017
    St John's bridge is a must see if you're visiting Portland. Fantastic picture oppurtunities, the bridge is beautiful! It's the tallest bridge in Portland, great view of it from Cathedral park.

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