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  St Jphn's Bridge towers over 400 feet high
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  • St Jphn's Bridge towers over 400 feet high - Portland
      St Jphn's Bridge towers over 400 feet high
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  • The bridge seen from Cathedral Park - Portland
      The bridge seen from Cathedral Park
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  • The huge eastbank pier holding suspension anchors - Portland
      The huge eastbank pier holding suspension anchors
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  • Another look at the eastbank anchor and approaches - Portland
      Another look at the eastbank anchor and approaches
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  • The bridge with the floating dock beneath - Portland
      The bridge with the floating dock beneath
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There is something elementally graceful about suspension bridges and the St John?s Bridge is certainly no exception. This bridge dates back to 1931 and with a main span of 1207 feet, it was the longest of its type in the World for many years. Bridge designer Daniel Steinman used many firsts in creating this elegant structure and it is not only the tallest of Portland?s bridges - the steel towers rise over 400 feet high - but also allows a 205 foot navigational clearance, which means one awfully big ship can fit through. I have seen battleships and mega sized oil tankers pass underneath, all dwarfed by the magnificence of the bridge. Portland?s last ferry across the Willamette was replaced by this bridge, a ferry that had run for 83 years before that point. The bridge used to have lanes that were a bit narrow, especially for the high amount of truck traffic that moves over the bridge, but a few years ago, a major remodeling project made the bridge a much safer adventure. Get out and walk across the bridge for great views of the Willamette River and its associated industries. Far upriver, the towers of downtown rise. The volcanoes of the Cascades set a backdrop for the whole scene. I used to come across this bridge when I used to work at a riverside plywood mill many years ago - it was a great way to finance a college education - and the only good thing about coming to work at 6:30 in the morning was the glorious views from the bridge with the early sunrises over the mountains.

Website: http://egov.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/GEOENVIRONMENTAL/docs/Historic_Bridge/Willamette_StJohns_Bridge.doc

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  • Written Jul 13, 2008
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