Apr 19, 2016Steel Bridge

Black and white image of Steel Bridge, Willamette River, Portland, Oregon.
Steel Bridge, Willamette River, Portland, Oregon

I crossed the river on this novel bridge during my afternoon walk around Portland.

From Wkipedia: The Steel Bridge is a through truss, double-deck vertical-lift bridge across the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, United States, opened in 1912. Its lower deck carries railroad and bicycle/pedestrian traffic, while the upper deck carries road traffic (on the Pacific Highway West No. 1W, former Oregon Route 99W) and light rail (MAX), making the bridge one of the most multimodal in the world. It is the only double-deck bridge with independent lifts in the world and the second oldest vertical-lift bridge in North America, after the nearby Hawthorne Bridge. The bridge links the Rose Quarter and Lloyd District in the east to Old Town Chinatown neighborhood in the west.

I can vouch for all the modes of transport mentioned using the bridge. I saw them all while I watched and took my pictures. I got ‘trapped’ for a short period of time on the far side of tracks by a very long freight train, almost immediately followed by a passenger train.

Steel Bridge, Portland Oregon – detail of one of the counterweights Copyright © 2016 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
Copyright © 2016 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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