Oregon City Arch Bridge, Oregon City

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Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Bridge
The Oregon City Bridge is a steel through arch bridge spanning the Willamette River between Oregon City and West Linn, Oregon, United States. Completed in 1922, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built and is owned by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) as part of Oregon Route 43 and is the third southernmost Willamette bridge in the Portland metropolitan area, after the Boone Bridge in Wilsonville and the Oregon 219 bridge near Newberg.
The bridge is 745 ft (227 m) in length and 28 ft (8½ m) wide with a 360 ft (110 m) long main span that provides 49 ft (15 m) of vertical clearance at low river levels. The narrow width causes problems for large vehicles that cross it, often requiring traffic going in the other direction to stop. TriMet buses ceased using the bridge in 2009.
This bridge is the only Oregon bridge to be encased in gunite, which protects it from corrosive sulfur dioxide emissions from paper mills south of the bridge. The concrete look was favored by bridge designer Conde McCullough, designer of 500 Oregon bridges. His signature detailing is evident in the obelisk pylons with sconced light fixtures, ornate railings, and Art Deco piers.
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  • The Oregon City Bridge was refurbished a few years ago making it as beautiful as the day she was opened. Believe it or not kids in the 50's would walk over the top of the arches.  more »
  • This small beige is lovely and the view of the water below is beyond compare. I cross it quite often  more »
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  • Such a pretty historic bridge. Rumor has it that the bravest have actually crossed the bridge over the tops of the arches but I would suggest a car as a more reasonable mode of transportation.
  • Love this place...the attitude of the general populous is positive and friendly. The scenery is outstanding!

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