TO THE SOUTH YUBA RIVER PARK ASSOCIATION
LIFTING THE HISTORIC WOODEN BRIDGE IS GETTING CLOSER
The month of October began with the removal of the temporary center shoring because the Mabey bridge was fully in place and independently supported, therefore the ‘precautionary’ center support was no longer useful. The center shoring would have prevented any sagging during the Mabey bridge installation, and it was determined through many measurements that it never sagged at all. The integrity of our wooden bridge is excellent.
Next came the removal of all remaining wooden shakes from the sides and extensive inspections transpired once uncovered. It was determined that a very large percentage of the existing timbers are in excellent condition and will be re-used.
Finally, the steel used to construct the ‘jack-shoring’ scaffolding was assembled and installed above and below the Mabey bridge in the form of cross beams and threaded steel rods. The referred to ‘jack shoring’ is the apparatus that will be instrumental in supporting the hydraulic jacks to ultimately raise the wooden bridge to its new height approximately sixteen inches above its current level.
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.
Don’t miss the YouTube as well.
Ongoing Progress Photos/Videos...
To see a video of the October bridge restoration progress, 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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Volunteer and Member Appreciation BBQ at Bridgeport
Saturday September 28, 2019
THE FRIENDS OF NORTH BLOOMFIELD & MALAKOFF DIGGINS, CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS, FRENCH CONSULATE IN SAN FRANCISCO, AND EFSAC TEAM UP TO CELEBRATE THE FRENCH HERITAGE OF MALAKOFF DIGGINS STATE HISTORIC PARK
What: Malakoff’s French Connection Festival
When: Saturday September 14, 2019, 11am-4:30 pm
Where: Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, 23579 North Bloomfield Road, Nevada City, CA 95959
Cost: $5 Day-use fee. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the event.
BRIDGE FUND-RAISING EVENT A BIG SUCCESS
LOCAL BUSINESSES RAISE FUNDS FOR HISTORIC BRIDGE
Division of Boating and Waterways Warns of Cold Water Hazards during Spring Snowmelt
Deep Snowpack Expected to Create Dangerously High and Cold Swift Waters
JOIN US FOR SPRING BIRD WALKS AT SOUTH YUBA RIVER STATE PARK
WHEN: Saturday January 12,
Saturday February 9,
Saturday March 9,
Saturday April 13,
Friday May 3,
Saturday May 11,
Saturday June 8,
Saturday July 13,
Saturday September 14,
Saturday October 12,
Saturday December 7
PLEASE NOTE ADDED DATES OF:
FRIDAY, MARCH 22nd,
All the walks will start at 8:00 am except for the June, July and September walks which will start at
There are three Geology Walk programs scheduled at the park this year.
Saturday, March 16 at 10AM,
Friday, June 7 at 9AM,
Saturday, October 26 at 10AM
Participants will meet at the Bridgeport north
parking lot (where the Buttermilk Bend trail starts).
Interested? To make a reservation please contact Karen Synowiec or Bob Slyker at SYubaRiverGeology@gmail.com.
For more information contact South
Yuba River State Park at (530) 432-2546.
HISTORIC COVERED BRIDGE RENOVATION and MALAKOFF SOLAR PROJECTS MOVE FORWARD
2019 WILDFLOWER WALKS
WHAT: GUIDED WILDFLOWER WALKS
WHERE: SOUTH YUBA RIVER STATE PARK - BRIDGEPORT
WHEN: EVERY SAT. & SUN. – MID-MARCH THROUGH MID-MAY 2019
*RAIN MAY CANCEL*
SATURDAY TIME: 10:00AM
SUNDAY TIME: 11:00AM
When spring arrives in the Nevada County foothills there is no better way to welcome its arrival than with a walk among the beautiful wildflowers at South Yuba River State Park.
Docents will provide guided wildflower walks beginning on Mid-March and will continue every Saturday and Sunday through Mid-May at 11:00 a.m.
* The walks and blooms are at the whim of Mother Nature.
Rain may cancel. Call 530 432-2546 for information.