South Yuba River Park Association

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Come discover the many faces of the South Yuba River. Wander through the history of Bridgeport's covered bridge and wagons, pan for a golden treasure, escape to a hidden swimming hole, roam trails surrounded by wildflowers, and so much more.

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 experience your state park, and let the river work its magic on you.

Save Our Bridge Update 

Stabilization (Phase I) Project Delayed

The New Year finds our historic covered Bridge in the South Yuba River State Park swarming with work men, finishing up the first phase of the project; to stabilize the bridge against further damage. Due to heavy rains in December the project is about 30 days behind schedule. Large concrete footings have been poured to support the steel structure going up to “cradle” the bridge. It will be ugly, but hopefully effective, and only temporary. As soon as this work is complete, Phase II, the Repair and Restoration work can begin in earnest.

Good News regarding Repair and Restoration (Phase II)

The State Parks Department reports that all of the expenditures for the initial work necessary for the repair and restoration project to begin have been made. This work entails developing preliminary plans, design and assessments. The scope of work has been developed, contracts have been awarded and work orders have been submitted to companies that include structural and geotechnical engineers, schematic design, wood, and historical assessment firms. Most of these companies are now waiting for the stabilization project to be completed so that they may access the bridge.
The firms will then study, assess, test, and in some cases, remove parts of the bridge for more detailed analysis to determine the extent of damage and the repairs and restoration work necessary. This step of the project is expected to be completed by June 2015. This assessment, planning and design work are critical to get right before starting the extensive permitting process necessary for such a historical structure. This assessment will also more accurately determine the expected costs to complete the project.

We Will Stay Vigilant

The Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee will continue to meet regularly and monitor the progress of the project. We will stay in close contact with the California State Parks staff responsible for this project. We will also communicate progress of the project and let you know of any issues that may arise that need your support. What we can’t do enough is say “Thank You” for your help, support and commitment over the last year and a half to energize the State to take on this worthwhile endeavor. Together we will Save Our Bridge!
We still need your support! Please continue to stay informed and involved in this project. Check this website frequently for updates and respond to future “Action Alerts”, as we may need to communicate our positions on issues during the restoration with State Representatives and DPR. Click on the “Save Our Bridge” link at the top left of this page to go to the S.O.B. web page. We encourage you to join the South Yuba River State Park Association (SYRPA) to bolster support for the bridge restoration project and all aspects of the park.
Donate to the S.O.B. Campaign.  We are planning to support this project to the very end, until we can all again walk across this wonderful bridge.  We want to have funding available to continue the campaign to the project’s completion. We also recognize that it may be necessary to contribute funds towards the end of the project to complete any critical repairs needed.

The Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee

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