Light rail transit bridge makes first connection to landside!

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The unique Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Bridge over the Willamette River makes first connection to landside in South Waterfront area

There’s a lot of interest in the growing closeness of the deck segments on the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Bridge. Today, a concrete closure pour on the westside bridge deck was made, and for the first time, it connected the deck to the west landside abutment. Later this week, the last permanent cables will be installed on the east tower. The overall 7.3-mile project is 70 percent complete.

Crews pour a concrete closure pour on the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Bridge over the Willamette River.

Crews pour a concrete closure pour on the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Bridge over the Willamette River.

Construction details
The 1,720 feet long bridge deck is being constructed in 78 segments: 200 tons of concrete are poured into 16’ x 75’ segments make up the future roadway. This summer the bridge deck will meet in the middle over the Willamette River.

Bridge Naming – to be announced in April

About the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Bridge
The bridge, the first one built over the Willamette River in Portland in more than 40 years, will be the first cable-stayed bridge for the region, extending 1,720 feet (.326 miles) over the 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, bicyclists 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 transit bridge 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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