Portland Bridge & Union Station Tour #1

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

This tour will include a visit to the operator's tower of the Morrison Bridge (to meet the operator) and, bridge willing, include an opening while people are standing either in the operator's tower or down below in the Morrison's west end bascule pit (gears 36 feet tall and 940 ton counterweight moving). You will also walk across the bottom deck of the Steel Bridge, look through Union Station with the station agent, visit ODOT Region 1's bridge museum, and travel to Vancouver to see an opening of BNSF Bridge 9.6 on the Columbia. We may not be able to walk on the under construction Tilikum Bridge, but we will get close. Depending on where we can and cannot go and the mobility of the group, we may be able to swing a drive by the St. Johns Bridge for a look at the only major suspension bridge in western Oregon, and a drive by BNSF Bridge 5.1, also on the Willamette.