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Bull Run Bridge


Bull Run Bridge

Roadway/portal view facing north

Photo taken by Mike Goff in May 2014


BH Photo #284379

Street View 


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)


Pennsylvania-Petit through truss bridge over Bull Run River on Bull Run Road
Clackamas County, Oregon
Open to traffic
Built in 1894 in Portland. Moved to current location in 1926
- Bullen Bridge Co. of Pueblo, Colorado (Original Contractor) [also known as Pueblo Bridge Co.]
- W.B. Chase (Engineer)
The Bull Run Bridge is a 240-foot pin-connected Pennsylvania-Petit truss consisting of both wrought iron and steel members.
Span length: 240.0 ft.
Total length: 240.0 ft.
Deck width: 23.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.5 ft.
Also called
Revenue Bridge
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
Average daily traffic (as of 2017)
Inventory numbers
OR 06571 (Oregon Dept. of Transportation structure number)
BH 29857 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 23.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 3, 2022: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
  • April 8, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • 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

Related Bridges 


  • 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
  • Richard Doody
  • Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com


Bull Run Bridge
Posted May 14, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Sounds a lot more realistic Mike!😜

Bull Run Bridge
Posted May 14, 2021, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not sure what is going on here, the bridge ADT data in ODOT's records shows an ADT of 895 for the past four bridge inspection cycles. Clackamas County shows counts in the 800 to 900 range since 2017. The error must be somewhere else in the data stream.

Bull Run Bridge
Posted May 14, 2021, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'll look into it, thanks for pointing the error out. I want my NBI data on point dang it!

Bull Run Bridge
Posted May 13, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes, it's obviously an error of enormous proportion. I visited both this bridge and it's twin on Lusted Road last October, and the Latter carries much more traffic. I would be surprised if the Bull Run Bridge carries over a thousand cars a day.

Bull Run Bridge
Posted May 13, 2021, by Rufus P Knapp (rufusk [at] comcast [dot] net)

Daily traffic must be wrong. This is a rural road. 152,800 cars per day is 106 cars per minute! My experience, having parked next to this bridge ~30 times a year over 20 years is ~ 30 cars per hour.

Bull Run Bridge
Posted July 22, 2019, by Scott k croinex (s [dot] croinex [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yep a beautiful and historic bridge that Clackamas County plans on destroying and replacing with a modern bridge so loggers can bring bigger trucks and equipment, currently they are bringing 70ton+ equipment across it daily with a 40 ton limit. If anyone here can write letters to help save it, please do.

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.