PORTLAND Two sides of the newest bridge to cross the Willamette River joined together Friday.

It s the first new bridge over the Willamette since 1973, and those who have worked for decades to make it happen met in the middle to celebrate.

From the east side, officials came from Milwaukie and Clackamas County. From the west, leaders from Portland.

The bridge will carry the new Milwaukie Light Rail across the river, as well as cyclists and pedestrians. Cars will not be allowed on the bridge.

While the bones of the bridge are now in place, there s still plenty to do before the grand opening in September 2015.

We still have a lot of work to do, we need to finish with railings, the track needs to go down the middle, we need a lot of wiring, said Neil McFarlane, general manager for TriMet.

Milwaukie city officials say the new light rail line will be an economic boost to the area, and will also help southeast residents get into town quickly.

The bridge was projected to cost $134 million and is scheduled to complete on time and under budget.

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