Broadway Bridge

The Broadway Bridge, the first bascule or drawbridge to be constructed across the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, was completed in April 1913. The bridge was designed by noted bridge engineer Ralph Modjeski with a Rall bascule designed by the Strobel Steel Construction Company of Chicago, Illinois. The Broadway Bridge is of statewide significance for its role within Portland’s transportation and development history as the first trans-Willamette River bridge to be constructed on an entirely new alignment in the 20th century.


The original is in a private collection. Prints available.