PORTLAND The new Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge could be the first bridge in Portland to be named by the public.

TriMet announced Thursday that the public could submit suggestions online from October 17 through December 1.

The new bridge will connect Southwest Porter Street and Southeast Sherman Street. It will be used for TriMet buses and light rail, along with walkers and bicyclists - but no cars.

The naming process for the bridge will include two phases of public input. Once the submission phase is over, the public will be able to comment on finalists from Jan. 16 to Mar. 1. The winning name will be announced by TriMet in the spring of 2014.

The Portland-Milwaukie bridge will be the first cable-supported bridge in Portland. It s also the first one to restrict cars in lieu of public transit, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The bridge is part of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project, which will connect downtown Portland to North Clackamas County, traveling through SE Portland and Milwaukie.

It's been more than 40 years since a new bridge has been built over the Willamette River. This bridge scheduled to open for service in September 2015.

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