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    Posted June 6, 2013 by
    Portland, Oregon
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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     gailpowell was traveling through the Pacific Coast when she decided to photograph the bridges in Portland, Oregon. 'I love the Pacific Northwest. It is so different from California, where I live. I enjoyed every minute of my trip there,' she said.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Portland, Oregon is a beautiful city and one of the many components of that attractiveness would be the graceful bridges that dot the city's Pacific Northwest landscape.

    According to the Portland website, "The bridges of Portland are numerous and diverse. The structures represent a variety of construction types, including vertical lift spans, double-leaf Bascule drawspans, and the longest tied arch span in the world. The Oregon Department of Transportation maintains the Fremont, Marquam, Ross Island, and St. Johns bridges. Multnomah County maintains the Broadway, Burnside, Hawthorne, Morrison, and Sellwood bridges. Union Pacific Railroad owns the Steel Bridge."

    In fact, the abundance of bridges in Portland has given the city its other nickname of "Bridgetown, " along with the more commonly used "City of Roses."

    Loving bridges as I do, I made sure to not only drive over several of them but to also take a boat ride on the Portland Spirit which cruised the Willamette. Admiring the bridges as expansive pieces of architecture that serve a utilitarian purpose of allowing traffic to cross the river is not all of what these bridges represent.

    Their immense beauty and the majesty they convey to Portland's urban landscape add just another dash of charm to the already charming milieu of this unique Pacific Northwestern city.
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