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Sorry, the entry period has ended. We received nearly 10,000 name ideas (thank you!). Next, our Bridge Naming Committee will announce a "short list" of name options in mid-January. We'll want your feedback again at that time, so stay tuned for updates!
A new bridge is coming—and it needs a name!
For the first time in 40 years, a new bridge will soon span the Willamette River in Portland. The car-free bridge will connect the eastside and westside, helping improve commutes and transit across the region.
While we know what the bridge will do and even what it will look like, we don't know what it will be called—that's why we need your help.
Dream up a name for the region's newest bridge, and you could make history!
Opening in Sept. 2015:
Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge
- Type: Four-pier cable-stayed bridge (two piers on land and two in the water at the towers)
- Length: Approximately 1,720 feet
- Width: Mostly 75.5 feet; 110.5 feet at the towers
- Spans: Five
- Towers: Two, each 180 feet high
- Cable: Approximately 3.5 miles of cable
- Paths: Two 14-feet-wide bicycle and pedestrian paths
Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge Fact Sheet
(1.75 MB PDF)
A new regional connection
The yet-to-be-named Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge is a critical component of a new 7.3-mile light rail alignment that will connect north Clackamas County, Milwaukie and inner SE Portland with downtown Portland and the regional MAX system.
At more than 1,700 feet in length, the bridge will be the largest car-free transit bridge in the U.S., carrying light rail trains, buses, streetcars, cyclists and pedestrians.
The bridge will add capacity to the region's overall transportation system, with more light rail connections creating better access to important destinations and reducing commute pressure on other bridges.
New bridge reflects commitment to art
As part of TriMet's public art program for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project, artists Anna Valentina Murch and Doug Hollis are creating an aesthetic light program for the new bridge. Lights focused on the cables and piers will fluctuate in response to a stream flow monitor in the Willamette River, echoing the river movement below.