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Hawthorne Bridge, Portland

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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.
The bridge consists of five fixed spans and one 244ft vertical-lift span. It is 1382ft in total length. The bridge was originally 63ft wide, including two five-foot sidewalks, but the sidewalks were widened to 10 feet in 1998, increasing the structure's overall width to 73ft. The 880000lb counterweights are suspended from the two 165ft towers. On average, the lift span is raised for river traffic 120 times per month. While the river is at low level, the bridge is 49ft 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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  • The Hawthorne bridge is special. It lights up at night and is fun to drive on..for most. For me, it's easy access to downtown and an easy way to get there. It's very Portland.  more »
  • This bridge, we know from "who is the mole". Candidates sought to exemptions. Bridge looks beautiful and is well maintained. Unfortunately you there though, but not as the candidates. That we had not expected. Personally, we find the Steel bridge even more beautiful.
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  • Great old bridge with a great view of downtown Portland and Willamette River
  • It's not my favorite old bridge in Portland. Nothing can match the St. John's bridge, and the Fremont and Steel bridges tend to gather more of my favor. But, the original trolley that travled over the Hawthorne Bridge is still in operation. Check out the Willamette Shore Trolley. On the weekends, the old train built in 1932 takes off from SW Bancroft to Lake Oswego. It is also available for private parties.

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