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Steel Bridge

Helping ships, autos, trains, bikes and people

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Completed in 1912, the Steel Bridge features two decks (the lower deck for freight trains; the upper for automobiles and MAX Light Rail). To accommodate river traffic, the lower deck can be raised a remarkable 45 feet in 10 seconds; the upper deck, 90 feet in 90 seconds.

The Steel is the best bridge for walking to the Rose Garden from downtown Portland, and it’s the only bridge taking the light rail to the east side.

It also has a pedestrian and bicycle crossing that links Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park to the new Eastbank Esplanade and its 1,200-foot floating walkway.


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