Despite the near-freezing weather, I took a trip to the Steel Bridge this morning. It’s easily my favorite structure in Portland. Aside from being the world’s only double-deck bridge with independent telescoping lifts (trust me, that’s awesome), it’s also a very pedestrian friendly structure, connecting Old Town/Chinatown with the Rose Quarter. I’ve walked across the upper deck before but today I chose to cross the lower. No trains, so it was relatively quiet.
The lower deck raised once while I was there. This bridge was built in 1912, and yet, watching that lower deck disappear into the structure of the upper is still amazing in 2011. I wonder how many Portlanders pay attention to this system?
My photos and sketches: