Bybee Overpass: Then and Now

The Bybee Overpass links the Portland neighborhoods of Westmoreland and Eastmoreland.  Once Bybee Bridge, it was built in three installments in 1914, 1934 and 1943 until the City replaced it with a historic replica in 2004.  The location remained the same.

The Parks and Recreation site posted great shots, including aerials, and the one that stood out to me represented McLoughlin Boulevard, facing south, from the then-bridge.  I first saw that shot in Dead Memories Portland and started digging around, when I found the page and confirmed the location.

The Parks site shows the massive change in this area from 1906 through the 1950′s.  But it is only from the overpass there is a direct comparison:

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McLoughlin Boulevard (aka Highway 99E) looking south from the Bybee Overpass, 1937. Sellwood Moreland Historical Society.

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McLoughlin Boulevard (Highway 99E) looking south from the Bybee Overpass, January 14, 2014. © 2014 Jocelyn S. Mackie

To the east, is the MAX light rail construction.  When it is complete, I will post a follow-up picture in order to enjoy a more dramatic comparison.

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