September Progress Made with Unavoidable Delays
RECAP: September 2020
Submitted by John Field
Progress: The truss “X-Sections” along both sides continued to be placed into their Cast Iron
shoes located on the Bottom Chords. Along with the process, top shoes are being refitted and
installation of the Top Chords and upper Tie Beams got under way… The North Portal Abutment
construction of the concrete forms and rebar for the front, back, and wing walls continued …
Excavation was done to uncover the concrete from the Stabilization Towers of 2015. Rebar
sections protruding from the new abutment will be connected to the concrete sections to serve as
a “Deadman Anchor” … The South Portal Abutment work consisted of grouting the West side
Wing Wall and continued installation of rebar and preparation for the placement of the concrete
Pile Cap … A large shaded working area was installed in the construction yard for the carpenters
to work on the various preparation stages of the rebuilding of the wooden bridge. Among the
many projects, the first of four 30ft. “staggered step” beams were milled on site and joined
(scarfed) with a 46ft. beam to create the North West end Bottom Chord assembly. In addition, a
40ft. Bolster Beam will accompany the assembly. Once all four corner assemblies are constructed,
they will be placed on top of the new abutments to hold the bridge up at its new height … A truck
load of the new roof and side shakes arrived and put in secure keeping until needed … All the
new floor stringers and floor beams were prepared for installation and work began on
rehabilitating the original windows and frames from 1862.
Overall, there was a great deal of progress made, albeit unavoidable delays caused by hazardous
air quality due to all the fires. Hence,several days of work stoppage for health and safety concerns
That is it for month 16 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.
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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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