PUTTING IT ALL BACK TOGETHER AGAIN!
RECAP: July 2020
Submitted by John Field
By Doug Moon, Chairman of the Save Our Bridge Campaign.
I thought this would be a good point in the Bridge Project for an update because they are starting
to put the Bridge back together! After months of delay and the months spent painstakingly taking
the Bridge apart there has been real progress made towards the reconstruction. The bottom main
timbers, (called “chords”), have all been repaired or replaced as needed. This effort took quite a
bit longer than anticipated as the carpenters discovered much more dry rot than estimated. The
foundations (called "abutments") at both ends of the Bridge are almost finished. It was amazing
that this Bridge sat on a foundation primarily consisting of huge boulders, rocks and dirt for 158
years and was so stable. Some of the boulders that needed to be removed were so large that the
abutment subcontractor had to use saws with diamond blades to cut them into smaller pieces so
that the cranes could remove them. The new abutments will be super stable. They consist of
multiple pours of concrete, micro pilings that were driven down into the earth many feet and filled
with concrete, steel dowels were driven into the remaining rock walls and attached to rebar.
Another big placement of concrete (called the “pile cap”) should happen soon on each end of the
Bridge. Once that has cured and been tested, a final pour of the new walls will be achieved, then
the Bridge can be lowered onto the new abutments. In the meantime, the truss cross braces (the
big X braces that run down each side) that were removed and temporarily attached to the Mabey
bridge are being reinstalled onto the Bridge. This is the first step in putting it all back together
again. Soon you will be able to see the familiar old shape of our special Bridge take shape!
The many photos and videos available will give you a complete tour of the process along with
monthly YouTube presentations (now narrated in part) created as a compilation (by Herb
Lindberg) of the ongoing photos and videos.
We will continue to update monthly...Please see the Ongoing Progress Photos and Videos by
clicking on the button below where you will also find the many prior month’s folders consisting
of photos and videos for you to view while the current month will be a running list of the most
Comments and descriptions accompany the photos and videos as usual.
Be Safe and Stay Well...
Ongoing Progress Photos/Videos...
To see July bridge progress video part 1 of 2, click on the image below.
To see additional information regarding the bridge restoration project, click the link below.
More Bridge Restoration Information...
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South Yuba River State Park has a little something for everybody. The patchwork park boundaries form a “string of pearls” for 20 miles along the river, including four
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Come discover the many faces of the South Yuba River.
Wander through the history of the Bridgeport Covered Bridge, learn more about the wagons that traveled these parts,
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Save Our Bridge
Campaign to Save Our Bridge continues. The Bridge was stabilized in February 2015 with a temporary structure. Funding of $1.316 million was allocated in 2014 by the State towards the restoration of the bridge. All of your emails, faxes, letters and phone calls to Sacramento made that happen.
Most of 2015 was spent performing an in-depth assessment and preparing the engineering drawings needed to restore the Bridge. There was also a thorough analysis of the costs to fully restore the Bridge. This past year, 2016, was spent working on obtaining all of the necessary permits and environmental impact reports necessary to begin construction.
January 2017 delivered great news as Governor Brown has included the necessary $3.226 million to complete the project in the 2017-2018 State budget! Please follow the link below for the latest news.
We still need your support! Please continue to stay informed and involved in this project. Check this website for updates and respond to future “Action Alerts”, as we may need to communicate our positions on issues during the restoration with State Representatives. Together, we can Save Our Bridge.
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