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Hawthorne Bridge
Hawthorne Bridge

Hawthorne Bridge

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Ranked #43 in Portland things to do
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Main to Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland, OR 97204
(503) 275-8355
http://multco.us/bridge-services/hawthorne-bridge
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Opened in 1910 and designed by John Waddell, the Hawthorne Bridge spanning the Willamette River in Oregon is an old example of a truss bridge. Visit it to watch the lift section in the middle rise to ... Read more
accommodate the passage of traffic on the river. This busy bridge features special pedestrian and bicyclist lanes for enhanced safety. Crossing the Hawthorne Bridge is the most direct way to travel from Portland's Madison Street to Hawthorne Boulevard. This bridge is most notable for its 244-foot-long elevating section and its two 165-foot towers.

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Como

Great place to walk or bicycle. Nice view and pretty astonishing at evening.

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Bellevue

Hawthorne Bridge is one of the numerous bridges connecting to downtown Portland. In this case, it connects downtown with Hawthorne Boulevard and the Central Eastside Industrial District which is one of the hot spots for breweries in town.

The bridge is a historical landmark and architectural marvel. It has got great views towards the south and the north along with a view of the downtown Portland waterfront. Buses and cars cross the bridge while on the sidewalk you will see lanes for pedestrians and bikers. It is a popular bridge to cross (busiest bicycle and transit bridge in Oregon), so pay attention to your surroundings when doing so.

If you are new to Portland or visiting for the first time, walking across the Hawthorne Bridge makes for a nice stroll particularly in the evening at around sunset with the many lights surrounding the structure and in the distance.

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Puerto Vallarta

Slightly further to the south of the city this bridge connects the south west downtown part of the city to the great little Hawthorne section in the south east.

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Santa Clara

One of my bridges running across the Willamette River, the Hawthorne Bridge has an industrial look and has several lanes: one for cars and the other for bikers and pedestrians.

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San Jose

This is not one of my favorite bridges as it tends to get crowded very quickly with a small amount of traffic. Great to see though!

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Local from Portland

People from out of town get really freaked out about driving on this bridge, which connects downtown to SE Hawthorne Blvd, because the inner part of it has slick steel grating. Cyclists and pedestrians share the sidewalk.

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Pleasant Hill

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 Hawthorne Bridge (built in 1910) is a truss bridge with a vertical lift that spans the Willamette River. It joins Hawthorne Boulevard and Madison Street and 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 4,800 cyclists and 800 TriMet buses daily.

The bridge consists of five fixed spans and one 244 ft long vertical-lift span. It is 1,382 feet in total length. The 880,000 pound counterweights are suspended from the two 165 ft tall towers. While the river is at low level the bridge is 49 feet above the water, causing it to be raised an average of 200 times per month. The bridge was designed by John Waddell, inventor of the vertical-lift bridge and also designer of the Steel and Interstate bridges.

The current bridge was built to replace Madison Bridge No. 1 (1891) and Madison Bridge No. 2 (1900), which was destroyed by a fire in 1902. Hawthorne Boulevard (and thus the bridge) was named after Dr. J.C. Hawthorne, the cofounder of Oregon's first mental hospital and early proponent for the first Morrison Bridge.

This was the Bridge that I ran across last week during a Convention-sponsored fun run. But when you consider my "advanced" age and the fact that I haven't run in years, my legs were having even more "fun" later. Yet it was a great morning, I loved the sights on the Bridge and on both sides and I hope to do it again.

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