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Bridgetown Series: connecting the city once more....

Anything to get the photo. Methinks it might be time for a press pass...tee, hee.

Cables going UP.

I've been really excited to get my Bridgetown Series started. I had no idea I'd be lucky enough to be writing for PortlandNeighborhood and what better way to share my love of bridges in a city where we refer to by many names, Bridgetown being one of them. After all, we have a giant river smack-dab-in-the-middle of our city, The Willamette, flowing through which requires bridges to get to/from each part of the city, suburbs and beyond. AND it is 187 miles long from end to end, how else are we going to get across it. 

The bridges gracing the Willamette:

Burnside Bridge, Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge (soon to open), St. Johns Bridge (my FAV), Ross Island Bridge, Sellwood Bridge, Steel Bridge, Hawthorne Bridge, Fremont Bridge, Eastbank Esplande, Morrison Bridge, Broadway Bridge, Marquam Bridge, Ferry Street Bridge, Boon Bridge, Oregon City Bridge, Sauvie Island Bridge, Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge 5.1, Abernethy Bridge, Center Street Bridge, Lake Oswego Railroad Bridge, Van Buren Street Bridge, Union Street Railroad Bridge, Marion Street Bridge, Peter DeFazio Bicycle Bridge, Ellsworth Street Bridge, Lyon Street Bride, Wilsonville Bridge.WHEW.Heck, we even made a t-shirt for it.Reflections of things to come.


The one I wanted to start the series with is the one above as it is yet to be completed. I was very excited to get out to photograph this one as we've all been watching it come to life as we cross over other bridges in the hustle bustle of daily life. And let me tell you, up close and personal they are WORKING on this bridge. This day was cloudy and sprinkling yet the work continues. Current name: Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit ProjectEstimated Opening Date: September 2015 (I hope it's on my birthday....tee, hee) Did you know that they had a contest to name the bridge:Naming the BridgeThey received almost 10,000 entries and will get a short list out this month, stay tuned...

Bridge Facts:

  • Four-pier cable-stayed bridge type (two piers on land, two in the water at the towers)
  • Approximately 1720 feet in length
  • Two towers, each 180 feet high
  • Typical width is 75.5 feet; at the towers, the width is 110.5 feet
  • Five spans
  • Approximately 3.5 miles of cable
  • Two 14-feet-wide bicycle and pedestrian paths

*information provided by trimet.org

AND it's a light rail and pedestrian only bridge, yay!! You will NOT be driving over this bridge unless you are an emergency vehicle. I'm beginning to think it will also be the location of many a festival, ceremony, stunts, etc...the list is long. We do live in Portland after all and we work hard to keep it weird every.single.day.

Stay up-to-date on all things "bridge" here:

Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project

Hard at work.

Winter flora abounds as the work forges on.

Guess we'll need to update the bridge t-shirt.

Thank you for joining me on my first bridge story in my Bridgetown Series. Each month I will feature another bridge, fun facts, photos and the like. Thanks and happy weekend ahead.

Cheers,
Rachel

....notes from a nomad.

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Comment by Rachel Carlson on January 11, 2014 at 7:56am

Thank YOU Angela!!

Comment by Angela Higgins on January 10, 2014 at 6:47pm

Love this incredible blog!

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