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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.
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  • It’s rare that I get a chance to see a lift bridge. I was fortunate to be walking along the waterfront and come across this long lift bridge. I watched two bridge operators performing some...  more »
  • In our first time in Portland we ran along the waterfront and saw several bridges that connect East Portland from West. We stayed in the SW and on a couple of mornnings we ran the waterfront, over...  more »
  • Portland is definitely the City of Bridges and something that I truly appreciate since my family and I lived far from any bridges while living a long time in Colorado. Crossing the Willamette River, the Hawthorne Bridge is the country’s oldest vertical-lift bridge still in use! Watch out for bikers! It has over 8,000 cyclists crossing it each day and over 17,000 TriMet riders crossing as well. Being a truss Bridge it is cool to look at, plus it is a fun ride over and back.
  • A good place to watch the fireworks on 4th of July and my wife and I love to exercise and do the loop which is 3 1/2 miles love Portland go Rose City

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