Wednesday, concrete was poured to connect TriMet’s transit bridge (to be named later) to the west bank of the Willamette.
The bridge deck will be 1,720 feet long when it’s finished, made up of 78 segments. Two hundred tons of concrete are poured into each sixteen by 75 foot segment. The cable-stayed bridge will only serve public transit, bicyclists and pedestrians.
The bridge will be officially named next month — the naming process started last summer when TriMet asked for the public’s input. In February, TriMet announced that the finalists: Abigail Scott Duniway Transit Bridge, Cascadia Crossing Transit Bridge, Tillicum Crossing Transit Bridge or “Bridge of the People,” and Wy’east Transit Bridge. OPB’s Think Out Loud had a few experts on the show to talk about the importance of each name.
As reported in The Oregonian, TriMet passed on popular suggestions, like Kirk Reeves for the late Hawthorne Bridge trumpeter, Bifröst meaning “the burning rainbow bridge,” former Portland Mayor Vera Katz, Cat’s Cradle Crossing, Bigfoot Bridge and many, many others.
Whatever TriMet decides to name it, the bridge is tentatively scheduled to open September 12, 2015.
Correction: the bridge’s weight has been updated.