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Hawthorne Bridge


Hawthorne Bridge

From the southeast

Photo taken by Mike Goff in January 2014


BH Photo #273635


Street Views 


Vertical lift bridge over Willamette River on Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon
Open to traffic
Built 1910; Rehabilitated 1944, Rehabilitated & Painted in 1999
- Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania (Steel Fabricator)
- Robert Wakefield of Portland, Oregon (Contractor)
- United Engineering & Construction (Contractor)
- Waddell & Harrington of Kansas City, Missouri (Engineering Firm)
- Wakefield & Jacobson (Contractor)
- Portland Electric Power Co. (PEPCO)
- Portland Railway, Light & Power Co. (PRL&P)
- Streetcar
The Hawthrone Bridge is the oldest operational vertical lift bridge in the United States and the oldest large span highway bridge in Oregon. It is also the busiest bicycle and transit bridge in Oregon, with over 4,800 cyclists and 750 Tri-Met buses daily.
Length of largest span: 251.0 ft.
Total length: 1,382.9 ft.
Deck width: 43.6 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.7 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 14, 2012
Also called
Hawthorne Street Bridge
Hawthorne Blvd. Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.51306, -122.67083   (decimal degrees)
45°30'47" N, 122°40'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/525710/5039999 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
Inventory numbers
OR 02757 (Oregon Dept. of Transportation structure number)
NRHP 12000932 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 29877 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2015)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 56.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 5, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • March 15, 2018: New photos from John Bernhisel
  • January 12, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added streetcar info
  • December 15, 2017: New photo from Mike Garland
  • November 22, 2017: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • June 8, 2017: New photos from Mike Garland
  • March 24, 2017: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 19, 2016: New photos from Dave King
  • July 27, 2016: New photos from Mike Garland
  • July 21, 2016: New photos from Mike Garland
  • October 29, 2014: New photo from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • October 14, 2014: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • July 10, 2014: New photo from Andrew Raker
  • January 30, 2014: New photos from Mike Goff
  • September 8, 2010: New Street View added by Michael Goff
  • April 20, 2009: Posted HAER photos
  • September 29, 2008: New photos from Michael Goff
  • September 4, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff
  • July 8, 2008: Updated by Michael Goff
  • July 7, 2008: New photo from Michael Goff

Related Bridges 


  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Mike Goff - michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • HAER OR-20 - Hawthorne Bridge, Spanning Willamette River at Hawthorne Boulevard &, Portland, Multnomah County, OR
  • Wikipedia - Hawthorne Bridge
  • Historic Highway Bridges of Oregon - Dwight A. Smith, James B. Norman & Pieter T. Dykman, Oregon Historical Society Press, 1989
  • Bridges of Portland - Ray Bottenberg, Arcadia Publishing, 2007
  • The Portland Bridge Book - Sharon Wood Wortman, Oregon Historical Society Press, 2001
  • Douglas Butler
  • Andrew Raker
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Mike Garland - Rapier342 [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • Luke
  • John Bernhisel - Johnmbernhisel [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Richard Doody


Hawthorne Avenue Bridge
Posted November 17, 2009, by Michael Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] odot [dot] state [dot] or [dot] us)

Hawthorne Boulevard (and thus the bridge) was named after Dr. J.C. Hawthorne, the cofounder of Oregon's first mental hospital and early proponent for the first Morrison Bridge.

This is from the Wikipedia article for the Hawthorne Bridge

Hawthorne Avenue Bridge
Posted November 16, 2009, by Randall DeWitt (scott4402 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Who was this bridge named after? Maybe Charles Hawthorne WWII