NW Lovejoy Ramp, 1938

The old Lovejoy Street ramp once elevated NW Lovejoy over the railroad tracks from NW Broadway to NW 14th Avenue. The ramp was removed in the late 1990s and it now reaches grade at about NW 9th Avenue, and Lovejoy is a surface street. This 1938 view looks west down the ramp with NW 10th coming in from the left side.

(City of Portland Archives)

17 thoughts on “NW Lovejoy Ramp, 1938

  1. It is N.W. Broadway to the left ……. in the 1950’s & ’60″s there used to be a little hut like shack on the intersection above the railing ; during rush hour a PPD motorcycle cop would sit up there and change the traffic lights manually to keep cars moving and avoid backups ………….. he could see traffic flows from that ” perch ” and judge when to change traffic lights and occasionally record license nos. of red-runners who received a warning in the mail about a month later from the DMV in Salem ………….. living in N.E. at the time this was the main route to P.S.C. most A.M.’s @ 7:15 for 8 A.M. classes and maybe even a free parking spot !!!

  2. That is the 10th Avenue ramp. Go look– the Broadway ramp is still there, and is much bigger than this one.

    I went through this intersection at least once a week in the 1950s, riding to church in the family car. At that time, that big billboard read, “Ship and Travel SP&S,” referring to the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway.

  3. Of course it is/was the 10th Avenue ramp! It never was a very safe “intersection”, especially for those who way too impatient and didn’t want to bother paying attention to any signals!

  4. Is that a barrel in the back of the truck on our left?

    @Bud, interesting about the “manual” traffic control. Too bad cops are too busy/can’t be bothered to direct traffic anymore, there are certainly times/places when it would help.

  5. Based on the huge wheels and axels compared to the adjacent truck, I would think thats a concrete drum.
    BTW, I miss the viaduct. Both above and working below.

  6. Yeah…Tad…I wondered about that barrel too! Of course, the first thing I thought of was Blitz and beer for some reason!!!

  7. they’re here! Rich’s cigar store in the Pearl. they have been in this courtyard area for the last few years. They still say they have other plans for them, but you can see them there.

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