Deliveries now underway for 64 massive girders for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project

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Tigard company fabricating the girders, keeping workers employed while completing the $5.3 million contract

Employees at Tigard-based Fought & Company are nearing completion of fabricating 64 steel girders for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project. The girders will support the Project’s Harbor Structure decking that will carry the light rail over and under several roadways in South Waterfront.

Celebrating the first steel girders being delivered for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project’s Harbor structure, as well as the jobs supported by the girder fabrication work at Tigard-based Fought & Company. (Left to right) Tigard Mayor Craig Dirksen; Fought & Company President Rex Smith; Washington County Commission Chair Andy Duyck; Natalie Sundeleaf Sept, District Representative for U.S. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici; TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane; and Metro Councilor Carl Hosticka.

About the Harbor Structure

  • Longest structure along the 7.3-mile alignment at 1,730 feet (about 1/3rd mile) between east side of Naito Parkway to SW Moody Avenue in South Waterfront
  • 64 girders made with 2,050 tons of steel
  • Girders use plates up to 3” thick, 96” wide and 70 feet long
  • Completed sections will be up to 150 feet long and weigh up to 46 tons
  • 100% recycled steel domestically produced in Delaware
  • $5.3 million contract completed over 8 months by 40 employees working two shifts at Fought & Company


Fought & Company President Rex Smith said the TriMet project presented some unique challenges. “The structure is complicated because it crosses a number of streets and tracks which limits construction and staging access. Most overpass projects take about 500 tons of steel—that’s only one quarter of the span of the Harbor Structure.”

Smith added that the project also kept people on the job. “In this market, we never know when the next job will come along. The TriMet project allowed us to keep 30 people employed for another eight months, saving nearly one-fourth of our staff from layoffs.”

The 64 girders will be delivered to the South Waterfront area beginning July 23. The girders will be delivered in three phases over a 10-week period, with one girder being delivered per truck.

Economic benefits of Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project

The project is creating up to 14,500 direct and indirect jobs. As of June 10, 2012, the project has generated 1,635 direct jobs and contracted with 230 companies.

About Fought & Company

Fought & Company started during World War II on Swan Island and moved to Tigard in the 1960s. Bridge fabrication comprises 80 percent of its current business, with projects delivered throughout the West Coast, Alaska and as far east as Colorado. It also works on commercial buildings. The company has 14.5-acre site and employs 130 people.

About the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project

The 7.3-mile project is the region’s sixth MAX construction project to be built and extends from the terminus of the MAX Green and Yellow lines at Portland State University in Downtown Portland to South Waterfront, SE Portland, Milwaukie and North Clackamas County. About the project:

  • 7.3 miles
  • 10 stations
  • The first of its kind multi-modal bridge over the Willamette River that will carry light rail, buses, bikes, pedestrians and a future Portland Streetcar extension, but no private vehicles.
  • Opens in September 2015
  • Expands the MAX system to 60 miles and 97 stations

Project partners

Clackamas County, Metro, City of Milwaukie, Multnomah County, City of Oregon City, Oregon Department of Transportation, City of Portland, Portland Development Commission and TriMet.

For more information about the project, visit trimet.org/pm.