NE Weidler Street takes a small shoo-fly to the south while the permanent overpass over the Eastbank Freeway is being built in 1962. This view looks east on a landscape that no longer exists. You can see the overpass in the upper-right of this aerial view of the construction area.
It’s almost hard to imagine today’s Riverplace and South Waterfront areas looked like this almost a half century ago. Construction of the west end of the Marquam Bridge passed over property that had seen highly industrial riverfront activity since Portland’s founding over a hundred years prior to this. The area once covered by Alaska Steel is still largely undeveloped but the SW Moody Project and TriMet’s light rail line signal further development.
The Eastbank Freeway, or I-5, begins cutting through North and Northeast Portland in this 1962 aerial photo. The Memorial Coliseum parking lot at center right, and Lloyd Center in the distance, were both about a year old at the time of the photo. All the houses in the lower right are gone now.