E5 Ghost Ramps of Portland

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Willamette Weeks 2005 article Highway to Hell
Mercury article by Sara Mirk Dead Freeway Society

 A mock up of the proposed Marquam Bridge and the freeway interchanges for Robert Moses's elaborate freeway system. (Photo Portland City Archives)

A mock up of the proposed Marquam Bridge and the freeway interchanges for Robert Moses’s elaborate freeway system. (Photo Portland City Archives)

Eastside interchanges being built in 1963. (Photo Portland City Archives)

Eastside interchanges being built in 1963. (Photo Portland City Archives)

A photo as the Marquam remained for years after the Mt Hood Freeway project was abandoned. (Photo Portland City Archives)

A photo as the Marquam remained for years after the Mt Hood Freeway project was abandoned. (Photo Portland City Archives)

Another view of the Marquam Bridge with it's never-connections to the Mt Hood Freeway.  (Photo Portland City Archives)

Another view of the Marquam Bridge with it’s never-connections to the Mt Hood Freeway. (Photo Portland City Archives)

The lover ramp-to-nowhere remains the same today located in the north OMSI parking lot.  The upper ramp was meant to connect to the Mt. Hood Freeway and travel up Division St.  THat lane ended up being repurposed when the widenedthat section of the Marquam Bridge.

The lover ramp-to-nowhere remains the same today located in the north OMSI parking lot. The upper ramp was meant to connect to the Mt. Hood Freeway and travel up Division St.  That lane ended up being re-purposed when the widened that section of the Marquam Bridge.

Lower ramp today

Lower ramp today

The Northbound abandoned ramp

The Northbound abandoned ramp

Mt Hood Freeway Ghost Ramps over the Eastbank Esplanade

Mt Hood Freeway Ghost Ramps over the East bank Esplanade

Ghost Ramp behind Linda Wysong's "Portals"

Ghost Ramp behind Linda Wysong’s “Portals”

This is the view from the Marquam bridge of the Ghost ramp that hangs out over the OMSI parking lot.  The ramp that would have made the connection to Mt. Hood Freeway and sliced through the SE neighborhood just like I5 north wiped out Minnesota Ave in N. Portland.

This is the view from the Marquam bridge of the Ghost ramp that hangs out over the OMSI parking lot. The ramp that would have made the connection to Mt. Hood Freeway and sliced through the SE neighborhood just like I5 north wiped out Minnesota Ave in N. Portland.

A view from a Ghost Ramp of the Steel Bridge

A view from a Ghost Ramp of the Steel Bridge

The View of the above ramp from below off of N. Borthwick.

The View of the above ramp from below off of N. Borthwick.

This one can be seen in the Handsome Furs music video "What About Us" which was filmed under this section of  freeway interchanges.  Check it out it's racy!!

This one can be seen in the Handsome Furs music video “What About Us” which was filmed under this section of freeway interchanges. Check it out it’s racy!!

Looking over the edge of a Ghost Ramp.  This would have made the Eastbound connection to the Prescott Freeway.

Looking over the edge of a Ghost Ramp. This would have made the Eastbound connection to the Prescott Freeway.

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Green-space on the Ghost Ramp

Green-space on the Ghost Ramp

West side Ghost Ramp

West side Ghost Ramp

Mt Hood Freeway Ghost Ramp featured in a music video containing nudity you say?!?!

Mt Hood Freeway Ghost Ramp featured in a music video containing nudity you say?!?!

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