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Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge 70 Percent Complete

The yet-to-be-named Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge is on budget and on schedule to reach several important milestones.

The Portland-Milwaukie light rail bridge under construction.

The Portland-Milwaukie light rail bridge under construction.

Courtesy of TriMet

The bridge will be the largest car-free transit bridge in the country. It will carry light rail, buses, streetcars, bikes and pedestrians.

TriMet general manager Neil McFarlane says it’s 70 percent complete. “There are some major milestones ahead,” he said.

“First of all it connects from the actual bridge to the west side of the bank in March. Between east side and the connections to the bridge will occur in April.  And then in May is the big connection between the two spans.”

The public has until Sunday to submit a name for the new bridge.

TriMet has 7,000 suggestions so far. It will release a short-list, but McFarlane says the decision will be made by a committee, not popular vote.

The $134 million bridge should open in 2015.

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