Name Portland’s New Bridge!


You could make history.

For the first time in 40 years, a new bridge is coming to Portland and it’s just for people on foot and on bikes, light rail trains, busses and streetcars. Situated between the Marquam and Ross Island Bridges, the yet-to-be-named Portland Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge will be the largest non-car bridge in the country. Construction is under way, and the bridge is set to open in September 2015.

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It will provide much-needed relief for the city’s busy bridges and form part of a new light rail alignment that will connect north Clackamas County, Milwaukie and inner SE Portland with downtown Portland and the MAX. Two 14-foot wide pedestrian and bicycle paths will run the length of the bridge.

The best part? YOU could be the one to name it.

For the first time ever, TriMet is inviting the public to name the bridge. Anyone and everyone can submit a name based on regional history, local plants and animals, or whatever else you dream up. They’ll be accepting entries until December 1st.

Go to to learn more about the bridge and submit your idea. Good luck!



Comments (2)

  1. Peter W Permalink  | Nov 05, 2013 01:17pm

    The most popular idea I’ve seen so far is naming it after “Working” Kirk Reeves, who for years, up until his sad departure, was a joyful icon on the Hawthorne Bridge.

  2. Fred King Permalink  | Nov 15, 2013 01:07pm

    The York Bridge- for the slave who accompanied Lewis and Clark. There has been little recognition of the contributions of African Americans to this state