AUGUST PROGRESS AND CHALLENGES
RECAP: August 2020
Submitted by John Field
The month of August 2020 brought progress and challenges.
First the Progress: The original Buttresses are being refurbished with the full intent of returning
them to service. Also, the truss “X-Sections” along both sides continue to be placed into their
shoes located on the lower chords. Along with the process, top shoes are being refitted. … The
North Portal Abutment received thirty-five cubic yards of concrete to create what is called the
“Pile Cap”. In short, A Pile Cap is a thick concrete mat that rests on concrete or timber piles that
have been driven into soft or unstable ground to provide a suitable stable foundation. The next
step will be the construction of the front, back, and wing walls to complete the abutment to support
the wooden bridge at its new height. … Next came the steel “Moment Frame” which will be
encased with wood and will be connected as the front part of the covered bridge portal. The
purpose is meant to resist lateral and overturning forces (wind, floods) because of the bending
moment and shear strength that is inherent in its members and the connecting joints. … The South
Portal Abutment work consists of rebar installation and preparation for the placement of the
concrete Pile Cap.
Challenge: The Jones Fire started by lightning just a few miles from Bridgeport along with many
other fires in Northern California created hazardous air quality and deemed it necessary to curtail
the carpentry work for many days.
That is it for month 15 of the project so far!
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 August bridge progress video, 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,
pan for gold, escape to a hidden swimming hole, roam trails along the river surrounded by wildflowers, and so much more.
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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