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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 were observed.
 
That is it for month 16 of the project so far!
 
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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 current photos.
 
Comments and descriptions accompany the photos and videos as usual.
 
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Tucked away in scenic and historic Nevada County

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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 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.

 

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Come discover the many faces of the South Yuba River.

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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.

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Save Our Bridge

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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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Current Events
UPLIFTING NEWS ABOUT HISTORIC BRIDGEPORT BRIDGE PROJECT!

 

During these trying times the Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee wanted to share some “uplifting” news (pun intended!). The project to restore and re-open the historic covered wood Bridge crossing the South Yuba River at Bridgeport is back on track after a four month delay in construction.

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THE SAVE OUR BRIDGE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE AND SIERRA GOLD PARKS FOUNDATION SPONSOR NEVADA COUNTY SCHOOLS STUDENT ARTS COMPETITION.

 

The Save our Bridge Campaign Committee and the Sierra Gold Parks Foundation are pleased to sponsor this year’s Nevada County Schools’ Student art competition. The subject of the competition is “Flowing Through History -The Bridgeport Bridge Restoration Project”. This partnership with the Nevada County Schools Superintendent’s Office is a great opportunity for students throughout Nevada County to learn about the restoration of the iconic Bridge at Bridgeport, South Yuba River State Park and the significance this Bridge has in the history of California and Nevada County.

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BRIDGE FUND-RAISING EVENT A BIG SUCCESS
LOCAL BUSINESSES RAISE FUNDS FOR HISTORIC BRIDGE

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JOIN US FOR SPRING BIRD WALKS AT SOUTH YUBA RIVER STATE PARK

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GEOLOGY WALKS
For more information contact South Yuba River State Park at (530) 432-2546.

 

HISTORIC COVERED BRIDGE RENOVATION and MALAKOFF SOLAR PROJECTS MOVE FORWARD

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2020 WILDFLOWER WALKS
For more information contact South Yuba River State Park at (530) 432-2546.

 

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