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Union Street Railroad Bridge

Union Street Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: September 2, 2018

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Key Facts

Location
Salem: Marion County, Oregon and Polk County, Oregon: United States
Structure Type
Metal 5 Panel Rivet-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Movable: Vertical Lift (Span Drive) and Approach Spans: Metal 7 Panel Rivet-Connected Pratt Through Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1913 By Builder/Contractor: American Bridge Company of New York, New York and Engineer/Design: Waddell and Harrington

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2008
Main Span Length
134 Feet (40.84 Meters)
Structure Length
1572 Feet (479.15 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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View National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form For This Bridge

This impressive vertical lift railroad bridge has been beautifully preserved and converted for pedestrian use, and is a popular crossing now. The bridge is a classic Waddel design vertical lift bridge and although it has no longer operated for boats for decades, and the machinery house has been removed, a number of gears and other mechanical elements remain such that the bridge retains the ability to convey its design and function. The truss spans retain excellent historic and structural integrity.

The bridge was erected on-site using Southern Pacific Railroad laborers; there was no on-site general or erection company hired to build the bridge. The steel trusses were shop fabricated by the American Bridge Company.

Above: Historical photo showing bridge partially raised.

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