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Bull Run Bridge

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Bull Run Bridge

Roadway/portal view facing north

Photo taken by Mike Goff in May 2014

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BH Photo #284379

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Description 

The Bull Run River Bridge, pin-connected and incorporating both wrought iron and steel structural members, is of major significance to Oregon's bridge history. The use of wrought iron predates 1900 and represents a now obsolete material. The Bull Run River Bridge is one of only two bridges of its type in Oregon's highway system. The other is the Sandy River Bridge on Lusted Road, also in Clackamas County. The Bull Run River contains a Pennsylvania-Petit truss, 240 feet in length. The span was originally part of the Burnside Bridge across the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, built in 1894 by the Bullen Bridge Company. The truss portals contain nautical design elements, appropriate to its former location. The Bridge was relocated to its present site the Bull Run Reservoir area when the current Burnside Bridge was built in 1926.

(Historical Highway Bridge or Oregon, Dwight A. Smith, 1989)

Facts 

Overview
Pennsylvania-Petit through truss bridge over Bull Run River on Bull Run Road
Location
Clackamas County, Oregon
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built in 1894 in Portland. Moved to current location in 1926
Builders
- Bullen Bridge Co. of Pueblo, Colorado (Original Contractor) [also known as Pueblo Bridge Co.]
- W.B. Chase (Engineer)
Design
The Bull Run Bridge is a 240-foot pin-connected Pennsylvania-Petit truss consisting of both wrought iron and steel members.
Dimensions
Span length: 240.0 ft.
Total length: 240.0 ft.
Deck width: 23.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.42806, -122.23257   (decimal degrees)
45°25'41" N, 122°13'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/560032/5030791 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bull Run
Inventory numbers
OR 06571 (Oregon Dept. of Transportation structure number)
BH 29857 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2014)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 25.5 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
150,800

Update Log 

  • May 29, 2014: New photos from Mike Goff
  • April 4, 2013: New Street View added by Mike Goff
  • October 26, 2009: New photos from Michael Goff
  • November 25, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff: Added Design Details
  • August 5, 2008: New photos from Michael Goff
  • July 30, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff
  • June 10, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff

Sources 

  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Historic Highway Bridges of Oregon - Dwight A. Smith, James B. Norman & Pieter T. Dykman, Oregon Historical Society Press, 1989

Comments 

Bull Run Bridge
Posted May 31, 2014, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Great Historic Bridge! A classic Pennsylvania-petit truss design made of wrought iron and steel. Also its a longer span high above the waterway it crosses. I live closer to the east coast and seeing the page for this bridge makes me want to take a trip to the west coast.