Have you ever wanted to name a bridge? Here's your chance

Have you ever wanted to name a bridge? Here's your chance
A rendering of what the new light rail bridge over the Willamette will look like when it's completed in 2015. (Photo from TriMet)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Have you ever fostered a secret desire to name a bridge? To have your idea permanently attached to signs and maps? Well, you’ll soon have your chance.

For the first time in history, the public will get to name of one of Portland’s bridges.

TriMet officials plan to seek names for the new Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge, which will cross the Willamette River between the Marquam and Ross Island Bridges.

The bridge is scheduled to be completed in September 2015.

The lengthy naming process will begin this September and will last until spring 2014.

The first public meeting will be held Sept. 5. Starting in October, people will be able to submit name ideas on TriMet’s website.

During the winter a committee will select the finalists, followed by another public comment period. In the spring the committee will recommend their final names with TriMet making the decision shortly thereafter.

TriMet says the committee will be made up of a “group of diverse leaders.” The leader of the committee is a man named Chet Orloff, who has served for more than two decades on the Oregon Geographic Names Board.

The bridge will carry MAX trains, pedestrians and cars, but won’t have any vehicle traffic.