Spanning over 1700 feet, Tilikum Crossing is the longest car-free bridge in the US. The bridge connects communities across the Willamette River in Portland. Projects like this improve city connectivity, attract business, and set a national standard for multi-modal infrastructure. To finance the bridge’s construction, multiple sources came together including federal grants, Oregon Lottery revenues, and the regional transit authority, TriMet. Bridge architects and city officials chose project materials that would minimize pollution and created a diverse team of experts in urban planning to ensure long-term sustainability of the bridge. Further, the city partnered with over 50 companies and organizations, which showcases the importance of collaboration on large, successful projects like this.
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