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

On Friday, TriMet announced they would be asking for the public s input in naming the new bridge, which will connect Southwest Porter Street and Southeast Sherman Street.

The naming process for the bridge will include two phases of public input. TriMet will be accepting ideas starting Oct. 17 until Dec. 1. The public will then 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 is the first one to be built over the Willamette River in more than 40 years.

It 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.

The project is set to open in September 2015.

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