Naming process announced for Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge


First time in region’s history public to participate in bridge naming

The process to officially name the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge will begin September 5 and last until next spring, with two phases of public input. This will mark the first time in the region’s history that the public will have the opportunity to suggest names for the first new bridge over the Willamette River in more than 40 years.

 Bridge naming process schedule

 Introductory meeting of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge Naming Committee
Thursday, September 5, 2013
3–5 p.m.
David Evans and Associates, Willamette Room
2100 SW River Parkway, Portland

Initial public bridge name submission period
October 17 to December 1, 2013

First committee selection of possible bridge names
Winter 2014

Bridge name finalists public comment period
January 16 to March 1, 2014

Committee recommends final names to TriMet
Spring 2014

Final bridge name affirmed by TriMet
Spring 2014

The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge Naming Committee is a group of diverse leaders who reflect a shared sense of place. The committee will be chaired by Chet Orloff, an initiator of the Portland Names Commission, and a 22-year member of the Oregon Geographic Names Board. He has also served as executive director of the Oregon Historical Society, founded and edited the journal Western Legal History, and served as Senior Editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly.

About the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge
The bridge will be the first cable-stayed bridge for the region, extending 1,720 feet (.326 miles) over the Willamette River. The bridge alignment is SW Porter Street on the west side and SE Sherman Street on the east side. This unique bridge will carry transit, cyclists and pedestrians but no private vehicles. Emergency vehicles will be able to access the bridge if necessary.

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 Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015
  • Expands the MAX system to 60 miles and 97 stations

Project partners
The Federal Transit Administration, State of Oregon, Clackamas County, Metro, City of Milwaukie, Multnomah County, City of Oregon City, Oregon Department of Transportation, City of Portland, Portland Development Commission and TriMet.

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