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Bridge Walks

The Steel Bridge’s 100th belly button birthday is July 21. PDX Bridge Festival, Inc. hosted a block party this past Saturday night, and is now sponsoring six pay-as-you-will bridge walks. All proceeds from the walks go toward the publication of The Big & Awesome Bridges of Portland & Vancouver–A Book for Young Readers, also sponsored by PDXBF. This will be the first book about the local bridges for children.

Four of the walks, just across the Steel Bridge, take place July 13 and 14 and begin and end at Portland Union Train Station as part of UP’s 150th anniversary celebration being held at Union Station on July 13 and 14.

The July 21 and August 11 walks are three hours and include visits to the operator’s tower and bascule pit of The Morrison Bridge. These two begin and end at Floyd’s Coffee in Old Town. Details are below:

Friday, July 13, and Saturday, July 14, join Sharon for one-hour walks to the Steel Bridge as part of the Union Pacific Railroad’s two-day 150th birthday celebration at Portland Union Train Station. The Steel Bridge pay-as-you-will walks begin at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., both days, and begin and end at the train station. No advance reservations necessary.

Saturday, July 21, 9 a.m. until noon, the day the Steel Bridge turns 100, join guide Nathan Hoover for a walk across the Steel Bridge and other downtown Portland bridges. Begins at Floyd’s Coffee, 118 NW Couch, Portland. Includes a visit to the Morrison Bridge to meet the operator and tour the bascule pit. No advance reservations

Saturday, August 10, At 12 (noon) and 4pm, join Sharon Wood Wortman and Ed Wortman for a walk across the Steel Bridge and other downtown Portland bridges. Includes a visit to the Morrison Bridge to meet the operator and tour the bascule pit. Begins at Floyd’s Coffee, 118 NW Couch, Portland. No advance reservations necessary.

PDX Bridge Festival Block Party

Saturday, July 7th from 5pm – 12am at The Slate (2001 NW 19th Ave).

Live Music on two stages, completely free!

featuring performances by:

Solovox, Excellent Gentlemen, Quick & Easy Boys, Tango Alpha Tango, Symmetry/Symmetry, Violet Isle, Worth, and Andrew Paul Woodworth.

Food and craft vendors, and beer from Lagunitas Brewery.

The Block Party is sponsored by Lagunitas, Union Pacific, Scion, The Royal Neighbors of America and KZME 107.1FM.

2012 Sponsors and Supporters

Suspension – $3,500 and above

American Society of Civil Engineers Oregon Section Geotechnical Group

Arch – $2,500 to $3,499

HDR Engineering

Truss – $1,000 to $2,499

THA Architecture
Portland Ironworkers Local #29
KPFF Consulting T.Y. Lin International
Columbia Bridge and Geer
Odyssey Program at Hayhurst School*
North American National Cartographic Information Society*

Girder – $250 to $999
James Ruddell, P.E.
Society of American Military Engineers Portland Post
Bittner-Shen Consulting Engineers
Portland Teachers Retired*
Nutter Family Foundation
Thompson Metal Fab
Charles Birnstiel, P.E.
Rivet – $25 to $249

ASCE Oregon Section Younger Member Forum*
Third Rail Repertory Theatre*
BergerABAM, Inc.
JLA Public Involvement
Beverly Cleary Elementary*
Parsons Brinckerhoff Engineering
Avamere at Sandy*
Pacific Northwest Chapter National Railway Society*
American Society of Civil Engineers Southwest Washington Section
St. Anthony School*
Sea Reach, Ltd.
Northwest Aero Pix
Rivet Level IndividualsTerri Theisen
Cecelia Huntington
Anne McLaughlin
Sybilla Cook
Halle Sadle
Jan and J. Rae Zweerts
Tom Szymoniak, P.E.
Steven and Joann Price
Cabe Nicksic
Shirley Kishiyama
Edward Taub
Diane Carver
Melissa Madenski

KICKSTARTER: Support the Portland Eastbank Esplanade Project

Support PEEP on Kickstarter!

The Portland Eastbank Esplanade Project (PEEP) will temporarily transform the 1.5-mile long Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade into an open-air exhibition space for public art, music, and performance, showcasing new and existing work by regional creatives. This is part of the PDX Bridge Festival’s “Left Bank” Initiative to celebrate 10 years of this connective public space with site-specific installations utilizing new technologies, music, public interaction, spoken word, and live artistic demonstrations. The call for submissions to PEEP will be open to individual sculptural artists, projection mappers, lighting designers, improv groups, sound artists, dancers, poets, knitting collectives, or any artist(s) working in a similarly public medium. Our plan is to offer small stipends for accepted artists to help fund their creative endeavors.

WINTER EXHIBITION: The Bridges That Built Portland

The Learning Center exhibit “The Bridges That Built Portland” is on display this December at AIA in northwest Portland.

We invite you to join us at AIA as we open our winter exhibition of Portland’s early bridge history on the eve of the Hawthorne Bridge Centennial. The event includes speakers, actors, interactive installations, and projected media from this summer’s festival. Were you there? Is your picture in our gallery? Come find out! This is your chance to relax with a glass of wine, sample new vintages by Seven Bridges Winery, and enjoy some tasty snacks courtesy of Whole Foods. You can engage with festival planners and learn about our plans for the 2011 PDX Bridge Festival. We hope to see you there!

December 2-16
American Institute of Architects
403 NW 11th Avenue, Portland

First Thursday, December 2nd Opening Reception, 5-7pm
Building New Bridges: Looking Back, Looking Forward – Tucker Teutsch 3.0, PDX Bridge Festival Creative Director
The Hawthorne Centennial: A Community Celebration – Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County Commissioner
Plus a special appearance by Waddell & Harrington, the original engineers of the Hawthorne Bridge!

If you plan on coming to the reception, we would love it if you would RSVP on our Facebook page

PORTLAND BRIDGES FALLING DOWN: Do We Need a Regional Bridge Authority?

July 30, 2010 – 12:15pm – 1:15pm

This month’s Portland City Club at the Governor Hotel, in conjunction with this year’s PDX Bridge Festival, focuses on our region’s bridges. Portland metro area bridges — which connect multiple cities in several counties and are used daily by many of the region’s 1.5 million residents — have a vital impact on our region’s transportation. And yet, from replacing the crumbling Sellwood Bridge to doubts about Multnomah County’s ability to fund bridges as well as other vital services, governance questions about bridge ownership, operation, use and funding continue to plague regional progress. City Club’s recent report, Moving Forward: A Better Way to Govern Regional Transportation, recommended that many of these issues could be resolved by bringing area bridges under the control of a single bridge authority established by Metro.

On July 30, Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury; Lynn Peterson, Chair of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners; and Mike Burton, Vice-Provost at PSU and former Metro Executive Officer, will discuss the best way to ensure a solid future for the region’s bridges. Led by moderator Dick Feeney, panelists will address the pros and cons of a regional bridge authority, what actions might be needed to make this recommendation a reality and what other governance alternatives should be considered.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Portland City Club’s website here.

This event is not an official PDX Bridge Festival event. It is produced and benefits Portland City Club. However, due to the relevant subject matter, it has been added to our event listings. Please note, proceeds from this event do not benefit PDX Bridge Festival.


Have Brunch with us….and take home the Picnic Table!

PDX Bridge Festival, in partnership with Whole Foods Markets, has worked with six local artists to create one-of-a-kind picnic tables for seating at Brunch on the Bridge. The tables will be located at Whole Foods Markets listed below in the Portland Metropolitan area, where you can bid on the table (or tables!) of your choice. Bidding open until August 1st at closing.

Artists and their Tables
From left to right:  Gaige Qualmann (Fremont market); Chris Haberman (Downtown market); John Graeter (Bridgeport market)
Dog Bone Table by Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds (Fremont market)

Opening bid: $100

Here’s what you get if you are the highest bidder:

  • Attendance for four (4) at Brunch on the Bridge on Saturday, August 7th
  • A picnic basket for your Brunch provided by Whole Foods
  • A one-of-a-kind table to take home to your backyard!
Psychic Picnic Table by Brandon Cheusy
Brandon Cheusy (Hollywood market)

Visit your local Whole Foods Markets to place a bid on the available tables!

Hollywood – 4301 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland

Bridgeport – 7380 SW Bridgeport Road, Tigard

Portland – 1210 NW Couth Street, Portland

Fremont – 3535 NE 15th Avenue, Portland

Laurelhurst – 2825 East Burnside Street, Portland

Presented in partnership with:

Whole Foods Market


An opportunity to get up close and personal with Portland’s bridges, there is at least one tour offered everyday! Experience a tour with”The Bridge Lady” of Portland, Sharon Wood Wortman, or take a trip with Portland Bicycle Tours and enjoy the bridges from the seat of your (or their!) bike! Bohemian Storytelling Tours offer an historic and theatric adventure. And there is nothing more exhilirating than whipping through the Willamette on a Jetboat Tour. Find out more about each tour, and the specific schedules by clicking the links below.






The Renegade Minstrels deliver a panoramic musical and photographic narrative of Portland’s bridges. With original music and songs composed in Portland by Woody Guthrie, they share a variety of perspectives with the audience–from the Depression-era squatters’ shacks under the Ross Island Bridge to the soaring experience of crossing the Marquam Bridge in 2010.

Free/All Ages

Art Institute of Portland, 1122 NW Davis Street

Wednesday, August 4th at 6pm