Ross Island Bridge Approach, 1926

We get a double-dose of Ross Island Bridge goodness today. The top photo, with all the construction equipment, shows work crews grading and preparing to pave the west end bridge approach. The second photo, with the cars parked along SW Grover St., shows paving in that area complete, but with more work to be done before the bridge can open.

A2009-009.475 Construction of Ross Island Bridge Approaches 1925

A2009-009.476 Construction of Ross Island Bridge Approaches 1925(City of Portland Archives)

10 thoughts on “Ross Island Bridge Approach, 1926

  1. It’s always so easy to orient oneself by using Mt Tabor in many of these old photos. It’s fun to see this area “at the beginning” after spending 4 years commuting by bike through here…

  2. Also the piles of rock and sand that are being mixed into concrete and then moved by wheelbarrow and poured by hand as the guy in the middle of the picture is doing. Up until after WWII most of the automobile’s infrastructure was built the old fashioned way, with animal or human power. A great shot and a good eye Mat.

  3. In the second picture you can see the gas storage tanks on the east side (not gasoline– heating and cooking gas). Some commenters have asked about the hole in the ground where they used to be.

  4. highway 43 was pacific hwy until mcloughlin was constructed in the mid-30’s.the gas holders on the eastside came down sometime around 1980, even though they were decommissioned in the mid-50’s.i think they haven’t developed it because of contamination,

  5. My understanding is that current 99W held the original Capitol Highway, later the West Side Pacific Highway (when it was expanded). Route 43 held the East Side Pacific Highway until McLoughlin was built. It went from Salem to OC at which point it crossed the old OC bridge and headed up Willamette/State/Riverside/Macadam. Or maybe the original Pacific Hwy went through Portland, Oswego, OC while the Capitol Highway continued to run through Tigard and Dayton. In any event, they were all under the Pacific Highway Act of 1917 (as I understand it) from the History of State Highways in Oregon published by ODOT in 1998

  6. Different Brian here — @other Brian: At the time of this photo, it would have just been the Pacific Highway #1, (there was no east and west yet) but you’re right about the route from OC through West Linn and (Lake) Oswego to Portland via Macadam.

    In 1927 it was designated US 99. In 1931 it was designated US 99E and the Westside Pacific Highway #3 designated US 99W.

    In 1937 Pacific Highway #1 (99E) became the Pacific Highway East #1E and is moved to the east side of the river along McLoughlin, the Westside Pacific Highway #3 (99W) became Pacific Highway West #1W

    … more or less 🙂

  7. In the mid 70’s, I was working for my 75 year old uncle and we still mixed concrete, by me going to the gravel pit and me shoving sand and gravel into the Pick-up. Once I got it to the site, I mixed cement into it and hand mixed and wheeled it into the forms.

    It was a two man job, me doing most of the work and my uncle watching and giving advice and doing some of the finishing.

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