In an update to their original post, Portland Spaces' Tim DuRoche and Randy Gragg have a new interview with bridge designer Miguel Rosales that offers a strong case that the fix was in from the start in TriMet's bridge selection process.
As Sarah Mirk reported in the Portland Mercury, TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch says Rosales was selected to do the bridge study and help determine a bridge type. "That work is complete and we're now moving into a more advanced and detailed design phase with a different architect." Fetsch promised Mirk the bridge will not be a "cookie cutter" design. Only two bridge designs are currently on the table, the hybrid one above and the existing cable-stay template.