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Vista Avenue Viaduct

Vista Avenue Viaduct

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: September 3, 2018

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Vista Avenue Over Jefferson Street
Portland: Multnomah County, Oregon: United States
Structure Type
Concrete Open Spandrel Deck Arch, Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete T-Beam,
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1925 By Builder/Contractor: Parker and Banfield of Portland, Oregon and Engineer/Design: Fred T. Fowler

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
248 Feet (75.6 Meters)
Structure Length
549 Feet (167.3 Meters)
Roadway Width
37.4 Feet (11.4 Meters)
1 Main Span(s) and 7 Approach Span(s)
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This bridge is a high level overpass bridge that carries Vista Avenue over Jefferson Street. This is a handsome bridge with substantial architectural detailing and embellishment. It even includes a garden and seating area at the ends of the bridge. There also was seating included on the bridge itself. However the experience on the bridge deck is quite disappointing today as dense cyclone fencing (apparently a response to suicides at the bridge) has been added to the bridge, and the on-bridge benches are behind the fencing as well. The fencing is not mounted on top of the railing, rather it is in front of the railing, and disrupts the view of the ornamental balustrade railing. This bridge offers excellent views of the Portland skyline, but again the fencing disrupts this, with the small lenses of cell phone cameras the best bet for taking clear photos from the bridge. Despite the disappointing use of cyclone fencing on this bridge, the bridge itself retains good historic integrity in terms of structure and ornamentation, and is an outstanding example of a richly decorated concrete arch bridge.


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