Portland, Oregon – The east and west ends of the new light rail bridge over the Willamette River have connected and a ceremony was held today, mid span, to celebrate. Dignitaries walked up both ramps, gathered in the middle and broke out in applause. They were greeted by a Portland Fire Bureau boat, spouting water.
The 7.3 mile Orange light rail line will run from Portland to Milwaukie and include 10 stations. It opens on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Tri Met says its the first of its kind transit bridge that will carry light rail, buses, bikes and pedestrians as well as an extension of the Portland Street car.
Tilikum Crossing is the first bridge to be built over the Willamette River in more than 40 years and will be the first cable stayed bridge in the area.