2019 – FINALLY! THE BRIDGE RESTORATION PROJECT BEGINS!
By Doug Moon Chair;
Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee
After eight years of concerted effort by many members of our community, by our local elected officials and by numerous organizations, the project to Save Our Bridge finally came to fruition. The actual construction work to renovate and restore the 158-year-old, longest single span wood covered bridge left in the world began in July. It is a very complex and difficult project. The restoration must be done correctly to maintain the historical significance of the Bridge. As many original timbers as possible must be retained or reused, while making sure that any damaged timbers are replaced to make sure the Bridge is restored back to its original strength. All the replacement wood must match the original, and must be milled without any heart wood, just as David Wood did in 1862. The project is being done over a designated wild and scenic river with flows that vary widely by season. There are also significant constraints on what can be put in the river, when and for how long. Even with all these considerations, the project is moving forward. The wood bridge is stripped down to a bare skeleton. A metal bridge has been constructed within, which will be used to support the wood bridge as it is detached from its shoring, act as scaffolding for reconstruction work and be the structure used to eventually raise the wood bridge to its new height. Large deliveries of the replacement timbers have arrived however more still need to be ordered. Soon the Bridge will be detached from its shoring and lifted using 56 jacks, lifting the Bridge one eighth inch at a time to its new height. Then new pilings will be driven at each end and additional concrete abutments will be poured. The Bridge will then be lowered and reattached to the reinforced and raised shoring. Then the work will really begin to reconstruct and restore the Bridge to its original beauty. As important as 2019 was to have the project start, 2020 will even more spectacular. By the end of the year we will be able to once again experience the feeling out in the middle of that old Bridge, looking out a window suspended over the middle of the Yuba river and hearing in our minds the creak and clatter of a Calistoga wagon pulled by a team of horses moving across the Bridge on its way to the Comstock Lode.
I want to express a special Thank You to all the members of the Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee who have remained so vigilant and resolute over the many years in order to accomplish this goal.
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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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