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Tilikum Crossing to open for 2015 Bridge Pedal

Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - The view from the top of tTilikum Crossing in January. It is scheduled to open on Sept. 12, 2015.With the 19th annual Providence Bridge Pedal and Stride, sponsors announced the Tilikum Crossing will open for one day for next year's event before the official opening.

According to Providence spokesperson Lisa Helderop, nearly 18,000 cyclists and walkers turned out for Sunday's event. There were no specific significant backups on any of the 10 Willamette River bridges and no real issues to report, Helderop says.

"What we are looking forward to is Providence Bridge Pedal 2015," Helderop adds. "Not only will it be Bridge Pedal's 20th anniversary, but there will be an 11th bridge to ride over next year! In 364 days, Bridge Pedal participants will have the option of taking part in the first public crossing of the new car-free bridge -- the Tilikum Crossing. The Tilikum Crossing will open for one day, Bridge Pedal 2015, and then close until the official opening in September 2015."

Tilikum Crossing is part of TriMet's Portland to Milwaukie Light Rail Line that will open on Sept. 12, 2015.