This bridge was designed by noted engineer Conde McCullough. It has decorative pillars at the ends of the bridge as well as decorative railings, as many McCullough bridges do. However this bridge is unusual because the approach span railings and the pillars are composed of a combination of concrete and wood. Wood and concrete are rarely found together like this on a bridge. Also unusual is that the wood is not a simple structural part of the railing, but has been carved into ornate designs. Usually if a railing is wood, it is a simple railing.
The main bascule span consists of a Chicago style double-leaf fixed trunnion deck truss, of traditional appearance and design, with the exception that at the center of the span, the trusses give way to solid plate. It is an aesthetically pleasing arch-shaped design.
The contractor for this bridge was listed as Gilpin Construction Company of Astoria. This is assumed to be the same company that is usually noted as being located in Portland, Oregon. It appears the company began in Astoria and moved to Portland.
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