Bridgeport Bridge Restoration Project Delayed
PRESS RELEASE (Partial) by Doug Moon
Submitted by John Field
The Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee wishes to keep the community, who has been so supportive of the project to restore and re-open the iconic Covered Wood Bridge in the South Yuba River State Park, informed of developments in the project. To that end we would like to share, in part, information about the status of the Project contained in a letter sent to Nevada County Supervisor Sue Hoek from California State Parks and Recreation Department Acting Sierra District Superintendent Matt Green on Jan. 10, 2020. Superintendent Green states in the letter that “Although there has been progress in the restoration of the historic bridge, California State Parks regrets to inform you that (the) project will not be completed by this spring, as previously scheduled”. He goes on to report “While a revised completion date is not currently available, it is likely that the project will not be finished until the second half of 2020”.
Although this is disappointing news, the Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee has been assured by State Parks that this project is of the utmost importance and that complete restoration and re-opening of the Bridge is assured. State Park staff working on the project has been extremely cooperative in sharing information and including the Committee in meetings.
Although work progress was slow in January (partially due to weather), further inspections have revealed interesting “Maker’s Marks” on some of the historic 1862 wrought iron truss rods indicating various iron works contributing companies and where they were located. So far, a total of four were discovered in January and you can see them in the January photos and videos folder.
We will continue to update monthly...Please see the Ongoing Progress Photos and Videos by clicking on the button below where you will find the past months folders consisting of past month's photos and videos for you to view while the current month will be a list of the most current photos.
Comments and descriptions accompany the photos and videos as usual.
Our YouTube Videos by Herb Lindberg have been expanded beyond the usual monthly summary to include a 7-minute video on construction of the (stabilization) cradles in 2014 and subsequent soil tests near the south end of the bridge in 2015. Also, there is a short Summary of the progress made in 2019.
Ongoing Progress Photos/Videos...
To see January bridge progress, click on the image below.
To see a 7-minute video on construction of the (stabilization) cradles in 2014, click on the image below.
To see a short summary of the progress made in 2019, click on the image below.
To see additional information regarding the bridge restoration project, click the link below.
More Bridge Restoration Information...
Tucked away in scenic and historic Nevada County
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
historic bridges, miles of hiking trails, and the nation´s only wheelchair-accessible wilderness trail, the Independence Trail. The river´s beauty and solitude has long inspired the dedication and stewardship of those who know it best.
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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