The $3 million bridge spans Hedges Creek, paid for through Traffic Impact Fees and Transportation Development Taxes

TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden gives a speech after a bridge dedication in his nameLong known as an advocate of transportation issues, outgoing Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden was recognized Thursday morning with the dedication of an almost $3 million bridge named in his honor.

The Lou Ogden Bridge, which officially opened to traffic last week, is located off of 124th Avenue on Myslony Street, spanning over Hedges Creek.

During a short and wet dedication ceremony, Ogden praised the Tualatin City Council and city staff for the completion of the 68-foot long bridge, saying he was thrilled to be part of project, which now includes a bronze plaque that includes the name of the bridge and a portrait of Ogden.

After the dedication, Ogden said he was so surprised when he was presented with the bronze plaques (one installed at the bridge site; another smaller one that he gets to keep) at the last City Council meeting, as well as the announcement that the bridge would bear his name, that "you could have knocked me over with a feather."

Later he said, "I guess metaphorically, it bridges our community, our industrial community, through our transportation network, and it opens up this area for development…."

He said the bridge will also provide traffic relief on Tualatin-Sherwood Road.

TIMES PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden stands in front of the bronze plaque that reveals a bridge named in his honor. After two decades, Ogden is finishing up his final term as mayor.Ogden pointed out that he was impressed with the fact that the $3 million bridge was paid for through Traffic Impact Fees and Transportation Development Taxes, money paid for by development, which benefits local projects.

"This is a great example of what we're able to do," he said.

In addition to the bridge, Tualatin City Council President Joelle Davis previously had declared Thursday, Dec. 20, Lou Ogden Day.

Asked how he was going to spend his day, Ogden thumbed through his busy calendar that revealed a conference call with the Metro Mayors Consortium, lunch with a former City Council member, a doctor's appointment and returning emails and phone calls all ending at 4 p.m. with a reception in his honor at the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce.

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