RESTORATION AND RESUSITATION HAS BEGUN
Submitted by John Field
The month of May began with the use of the Gin Poles to lift unified sets of Truss Braces & Counter Braces (the X’s) up and out of the Cast Iron Shoes on the Bottom Chords and placed them temporarily fastened to the Mabey bridge to allow repair to the Bottom Chords. Repair and straightening the bottom chords is now well under way. During the completion of the disassembly process, the remaining wrought iron truss rods were removed and even more “maker’s marks” were discovered for a total of seventeen different manufacturers contributing to our original 1862 wooden bridge. Also, the portal buttresses were removed and work on the stone veneer in front of where the new abutments will be is underway. Preparation consists of cutting out damaged or weakened mortar joints and filling in those joints with fresh mortar, a process known as repointing. The excavation behind the veneer rock walls will begin soon in preparation for the construction of the new abutments on both ends.
Considering the swings in weather in May from high heat to considerable rain, the progress made by the great team of carpenters was impressive marking not only the completion of the disassembly phase, but more importantly the beginning of restoration and resuscitation.
The middle of June is the “one year” anniversary of the actual beginning of this project and we are looking forward to the completion before the end of this calendar year.
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.
Be Safe and Stay Well...
Ongoing Progress Photos/Videos...
To see May bridge progress video, click on the image below.
To see additional information regarding the bridge restoration project, click the link below.
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Wander through the history of the Bridgeport Covered Bridge, learn more about the wagons that traveled these parts,
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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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