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“Historic bridge with an interesting design” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Steel Bridge

Steel Bridge
Connects Northwest Front Avenue and Northwest Flanders Street to Northeast Williams Avenue, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl)
503 275 8355
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Ranked #113 of 262 Attractions in Portland
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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“Historic bridge with an interesting design”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

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.)

Visited August 2014
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“Unique design”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

"Steel bridge" over the Willamette, it is the only double-deck bridge with independent lifts in the world and the second oldest vertical-lift bridge in North America.

Visited June 2014
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“Uniquely raises and lowers”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

It's an old steel bridge. I guess it would be interesting to someone from out of town, but I grew up here so it's not a big deal to me. It does have a unique way of going up and down. An engineer type would probably rate it excellent.

Visited March 2013
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Gearhart, Oregon
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“Interesting looking bridge”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012 via mobile

I like the looks of this bridge it does carry more than automobiles and buses. It is interesting to walk along the waterfront and view it from below.

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Portland, Oregon
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“Steel Bridge, the Oldest Bridge”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

It carries Amtrak, MAX, bikes and peds between the waterfront park on the west side of the Willamette River and the East Side Esplanade along the east bank of the Willamette River through downtown and the near East side.

Visited June 2012
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