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- 98%Local Culture
- 77%Adventure Travelers
- 64%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 51%Spiritual Seekers
- 51%Green Travelers
Member Reviews (10)
- Burnside BridgeMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 7Feb 01, 2014
Burnside runs right through the center of the city separating the north from the south. The Burnside bridge comes straight across into the center of the city. Because of it's location this bridge is often busy or sometimes even closed during big parades and festivals like the annual Rose Parade.Recommended for:Local Culture
- Burnside BridgeMember ofLocal CultureAdventure TravelersOct 25, 2013
It's not the bridge that interests me so much as what's under it - one of the country's first homemade concrete skateparks build by skateboarders for skateboarders. Tons of rain and the absence of an indoor place to session, motivated the skaters in Portland to do something about it. The city didn't like it at first and demolished the concrete the skaters laid down but they rebuilt and after going round and round like this, the city finally caved and now you've got one of the most famous proving grounds for skateboarders in the world. Even if you don't skate, it's fun to watch - lots of great photo ops and totally free.
- Burnside BridgeMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 04, 2012
In Portland it's easy to take a bridge walk and I've taken 4 over my several trips to the Rose City. Here are my stories....(Cue the Law and Order Clang).
The Burnside Bridge is a double-leaf "Strauss style" bascule bridge that spans the Willamette River and was opened in 1926. Including approaches, the Burnside has a total length of 2,308 ft and a 251 ft center span. While lowered this span is normally 64 ft above the river. The deck is made of concrete, which contributes to its being one of the heaviest bascule bridges in the United States. The counterweights, housed inside the two piers, weigh 1,700 short tons and the lifting is normally controlled by the Hawthorne Bridge operator.
In 1891, Burnside Street was changed from "B" street to take the name of Dan Burnside, a local businessman who was a proponent of the 1866 dredging of the Willamette River. The original Burnside Bridge was a swing span bridge that opened in 1894. It is the only Willamette River bridge in Portland that was designed with input from an architect. This led to the Italian Renaissance towers and decorative metal railings.
On my last trip, I was part of an early morning fun run and saw those twin concrete slabs rise and fall for the first time. Way cool. Less cool is is the some of the urban wildlife present under and around the Burnside Bridge, at least on the West Side. On the top side, you can walk, bike, or take the bus across.