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BNSF - Willamette River Bridge

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Willamette River Railroad Bridge

Photo taken by Michael Goff on October 21, 2008

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BH Photo #126589

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Overview
Vertical lift bridge over Willamette River on BNSF Railway Line in Portland
Location
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon
Status
Open to traffic
History
1908 Built with swing span, 1989 Vertical lift replaces swing span
Builders
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Ralph Modjeski of Bochnia, Poland
Railroads
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- Amtrak Cascades
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Oregon Railroad & Navigation Co. (OR&N)
- Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation Co. (OWR&N)
- Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway (SPS)
Design
Polygonal Warren through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 519.0 ft.
Also called
Willamette Draw Bridge
St. Johns Railroad Bridge
BNSF Bridge 5.1
Willamette River Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.57722, -122.74667   (decimal degrees)
45°34'38" N, 122°44'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/519765/5047106 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Portland
Inventory number
BH 37735 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 22, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Riveted"
  • May 30, 2016: New photo from Luke
  • October 10, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • October 4, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • January 12, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway"
  • July 31, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Amtrak Cascades", "Amtrak"
  • March 22, 2011: New photos from Michael Goff
  • September 28, 2010: New photo from Michael Goff
  • September 7, 2010: New Street View added by Michael Goff
  • April 18, 2010: New photo from Nathan Morton
  • October 22, 2008: Added by Michael Goff

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Sources 

  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Wikipedia
  • Bridges of Portland - Ray Bottenberg, Arcadia Publishing, 2007
  • Nathan Morton - morton890 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • The Portland Bridge Book - Sharon Wood Wortman, Oregon Historical Society Press, 2001
  • HAER OR-7 - Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge, Spanning Willamette River at River Mile 6.9, Portland, Multnomah, OR
  • Douglas Butler
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke