PORTLAND — After months of waiting and over 9,500 submissions, the Portland to Milwaukie light rail bridge will be called… Tilikum Crossing.
The bridge is the first built over the Willamette River in the city in more than 40 years and will be the first cable-stayed bridge in the region extending 1,720 feet over the river.
The unique bridge will carry public transit, bicyclists and pedestrians, but no private vehicles. It’s the first in the country of its kind. The bridge also includes two 14′ wide multi-use paths on the north and south sides, the widest of any bridge in Portland.
The banner announcing the bridge’s name was unveiled Wednesday, drum roll and all.
The bridge will be completed in September of 2015. The project has put more than 10,000 people to work.