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Southern Pacific Railroad Undercrossing

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South Approach

Photo taken by Mike Garland in August 2016

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BH Photo #389816

Map 

Description 

This particular bridge was built in 1936 by the firm of Kern & Kibbe in conjunction with the United States Bureau of Public Roads and the Oregon State Highway Commission. There is a plaque noting the year built, the government agencies involved, and the contractor. Not stated are the historical facts of the Depression during that time, most notable being the fact that The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was sponsoring jobs in public construction, and that the architectural talents of Conde McCullough of Salem were used here. This beautiful structure, enhanced with wrought iron filigree and concrete towers, is reminiscent of his bridges along the Columbia River.

Facts 

Overview
Bridge over Portland Road NE on Union Pacific Railroad
Location
Salem, Marion County, Oregon
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1936
Builder
- Kern & Kibbe
Also called
Portland Road Underpass
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.96415, -123.01164   (decimal degrees)
44°57'51" N, 123°00'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/499081/4978968 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 76937 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Built 1936 (1,012)
Built during 1930s (10,557)
Kern & Kibbe (1)
Marion County, Oregon (44)
Open (36,537)
Oregon (865)
Owned by railroad (9,807)
Salem, Oregon (12)

Update Log 

  • May 11, 2017: New photos from Mike Garland
  • May 5, 2017: Added by Mike Garland

Sources 

  • Mike Garland - Rapier342 [at] comcast [dot] net