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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, United States, between the Cathedral Park neighborhood in North Portland and the Linnton and Northwest Industrial neighborhoods in Northwest Portland. It carries the 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 a 1,207-foot (368 m) center span and a total length of 2,067 feet (630 m). It is the tallest bridge in Portland, with two 400-foot-tall (120 m) towers and a 205-foot (62 m) navigational clearance. The adjacent park and neighborhood of Cathedral Park are named after the Gothic Cathedral-like appearance of the bridge towers.

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  • Very cool (if a little narrow) bridge. . . . cute community on the other side. We went to the John Street Cafe for breakfast. . . wonderful.  more »
  • We had no idea that the prototype for the Golden Gate Bridge is in Portland. It was fun to see it. There's a nice park with lots of green space underneath it.  more »
  • We are so lucky living in an area that has such magnificent bridges! Portland is definitely unique and wonderful. Crossing the Willamette River, St. Johns Bridge stands tall with the highest boat clearance at 205 feet. It’s two Gothic Towers, that influenced the naming of adjacent Cathedral Park, stand at 400 feet! Either side of the River has great areas to visit, whether it is Cathedral Park or Forest Park. It is only one of three suspension bridges in Oregon. It is unmistakable, very beautiful, and quite stunning to see.
  • Talk about the most amazing backdrop! The colors of the bridge melt so well with the trees behind it. The lines create amazing shapes. And even if it's raining, you're covered underneath it. The parking lot nearby helps too ;) Driving over the bridge is a wee bit scary, but it's so worth it!!

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