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Steel Bridge

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Address: Connects Northwest Front Avenue and Northwest Flanders Street to Northeast Williams Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
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A Nice Morning Stroll Across The Steel Bridge

The Steel Bridge in Portland, Oregon was built in 1912. It is the second oldest Vertical-lift bridge in the USA and spans across the Willamette River. The oldest vertical-lift... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Steel Bridge in Portland, Oregon was built in 1912. It is the second oldest Vertical-lift bridge in the USA and spans across the Willamette River. The oldest vertical-lift bridge is the Hawthorne Bridge nearby to the south. The Steel Bridge is used by freight trains, Amtrak, MAX light rail, cars, trucks, pedestrians, and bicyclist. I was walking the Eastbank... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Let's be honest. If you is driving past it is sort of cool to look at, but otherwise I wouldn't go out of my way to admire it.

Thank Alzor S
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

I used this bridge coming into Portland's Union railway station on Amtrak's excellent 'Coast Starlight' overnight sleeping and sitting car train from Los Angeles - far better than flying, driving or travelling by intercity bus - and also a few times on the upper level with Portland's mass transit MAXX streetcars (trams) that they incorrectly call 'trains.' The bridge is... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

So I get this one confused with the Hawthorne bridge. This is the double decker with the bicycles and the runners (many of each) on a separate level beneath the cars. Lots of runners it is part of a jogging trail. And there are cyclists everywhere. The views are great, less confusion with just the cars by themselves. Favorite bridge... More 

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

Pretty central so you're likely to see it if in the area. Certainly a piece of history and an icon for Portland. Sadly I didn't find the walkway across. Better signposting please.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

It is an oldie, but a goodie. Looks like it was made with an old erector set. It is fascinating to look at. It service trains, cars, bikes and pedestrians. The Steel Bridge Riverwalk is part of a great series of riverside walking paths on both sides of the Willamette. Portland's bridges are an interesting steel and concrete menagerie

1 Thank Robert S
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2015 via mobile

This Bridge is very unique. Made of rusty black steel, with amazing design it makes you admire old US engineering school. It dominates river view and is significant landmark. In my opinion it is really worth seeing.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2015

One of the many bridges in Portland, you can admire the scenic view as well as the architecture of the bridge itself as you cross. The design has certainly stood the test of time and is a reminder that human ingenuity wasn't just suddenly invented along with smartphones.

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Otley West Yorkshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015 via mobile

A unique bridge which we crossed on foot and on the bus. The bridge rises to allow boats to pass but still allows trains to cross. We just wish we'd seen it in action.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2015

No trip to Portland is complete without a stroll accross the walkway of the Steel Bridge. Stop at one of the many senic overlooks for a great selfie. Note that the pedestrian crossing is not at the street and rail level. It is below. There are stairs down to it from the east side and it is at water front... More 

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