Wednesday, May 20, 2009

82nd Drive Bridge, Clackamas River

82nd Drive Bridge, Clackamas River

82nd Drive Bridge, Clackamas River


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The ongoing bridge project takes us down Clackamas way again, this time to the old 82nd Drive Bridge, also known as the Park Place bridge or the South Washington St. Bridge, depending on who you ask. Whatever you call it, it's old and small and is now reserved for pedestrians and bikes only. I mentioned this bridge briefly in an earlier post, back when it was still closed due to arson with no ETA on when (if ever) it might reopen. I used that as an excuse to declare "Mission Accomplished" for the Clackamas River, but as you might've noticed I keep declaring "Mission Accomplished" on this project and it never seems to help. So here we are.

82nd Drive Bridge, Clackamas River

As always, on the Clackamas River, the obligatory "not dying" angle means not jumping from the bridge into the river, getting hypothermia, and being swept away by the current, never to be seen again. This actually happens fairly often, despite all the warning signs, public service announcements, and even lifeguards posted in popular swimming areas during the summer. So you end up with situations like the one you see here, where the bridge was retrofitted with tall, maximum-security-style chain link fences to hopefully make it impossible for anyone to ever jump off the thing. And signs that sternly tell you it's prohibited to jump, since explaining that it's a bad idea didn't seem to help.

82nd Drive Bridge, Clackamas River

Not a huge amount of info about this unremarkable little bridge out there on the 'tubes. The city of Gladstone's history page indicates there've been a number of bridges at this location, dating all the way back to the 1840's, and an Indian-operated ferry before that. The Structurae page linked to up above just mentions it was built in 1921 and is 67 meters long. Here's a map indicating the bridge is officially part of the I-205 bike path, since there's no bike access to the actual I-205 bridge over the river just upstream from here. And that's about it, I'm afraid.

82nd Drive Bridge, Clackamas River

I'm certainly not going to argue that the arson fire and subsequent extended closure was a good thing, but at least this way there's a little stuff out there on the intertubes about the bridge. Otherwise I'm not sure there'd be much of anything at all out there. So here's a sampling of fire & repair related items.

  • Clackamas Review: "Fire severs link between OC, Gladstone" and (over two years later) "The bridge is back".
  • East County News: "Bridge repair plans advance... slowly"
  • GoLiNiel: "SE Portland bridges you can’t yet use" followed by "82nd Drive Bike/Pedistrian bridge is finally open"
  • PR from Clackamas County: "Thanksgiving Day: Troubled bridge over Clackamas waters to reopen!", with a brief update in the next month's newsletter. It might seem kind of weird that the county "water environment services" (i.e. sewer) department is behind the repair, but apparently they own the bridge, and technically its primary function is to carry an, uh, "water environment service" pipe across the river, and all this bike/ped stuff is just a nice fringe benefit. Technically speaking. Although maybe it's better, and less gross, to not think about all that "water environment" flowing just beneath your feet as you walk the bridge.
  • They cycling community was pretty stoked about the bridge finally reopening, as you might imagine. BTA Blog: "Alice Award Nominee: 82nd Ave Bridge Team"
  • BikePortland: "Clackamas River bike/ped bridge re-opens tomorrow after two year closure"
  • The Clackamas County Arts Alliance's project page mentions there's supposed to be some new public art at the bridge some time in May. Wasn't there yet when I visited a few weeks ago, at least not that I could see. The page isn't very specific about the art, so maybe it was there and I didn't realize it. That's been known to happen on occasion. It does mention they're putting together some kind of documentary about the bridge, presumably coming soon to a cable access channel near you.
  • OregonLive: "Gladstone: Walkers, cyclists, dogs enjoy reopening of pedestrian bridge"

    82nd Drive Bridge, Clackamas River

    Also, a couple of random tangents you might enjoy:

  • Cool photos of an entirely different Park Place Bridge

  • An interesting blog post that mentions biking through here (which is why I ran across it), although it's mostly about filmmaking.

    82nd Drive Bridge, Clackamas River

    82nd Drive Bridge, Clackamas River

    82nd Drive Bridge, Clackamas River

    82nd Drive Bridge, Clackamas River

    82nd Drive Bridge, Clackamas River

    82nd Drive Bridge, Clackamas River
  • 1 comment :

    theinterrupters said...

    I have a love hate relationship with this bridge. I jumped off the tip top of it about 16 years ago, after the rocks had shifted from a big flood, crushed my vertebrae... Can you tell me the height of this bridge.