(I love) The Steel Bridge

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?

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