WARNING! Unless the error has been corrected, the big picture heading off this Tripadvisor entry is of the wrong bridge! If what you see looks like five or six railroad bridges strung end to end with two big towers on the right to lift one of the spans, then that's Hawthorne Bridge, not Steel Bridge! (I've included a photo of the correct bridge that I took on this visit to Portland.)
This is a historic bridge, build in 1912 and the second oldest lift-bridge in the U.S. Coincidentally, the oldest such bridge, Hawthorne Bridge (the one shown in that erroneous photo mentioned above), is visible from this one. There are pedestrian walkways across this bridge, and I've used them to get across the river, though I've also felt a bit unsafe as the big MAX trains come rumbling by. (Actually, it's perfectly safe, and many pedestrians use it every day.)
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