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.
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.
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We Saved Our Park!
South Yuba River State Park
This show describes facilities and activities at the park, many of which would be lost if the park were closed even temporarily.
Also, it is a good place for new visitors to become familiar with the park's most important features and how they got there.
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We can all take a minute to congratulate ourselves on this wonderful community wide effort to attain the funding necessary to begin restoration and to reopen this historic icon. We can savor how, working together, we accomplished this first major step to Save Our Bridge. Please see Campaign Updates column.
Bridge Stabilization Groundbreaking
Phase 1 Bridge Stabilization - September, 2014
Preparation For Bridge Restoration - April, 2015
We also need to recognize and thank a large number of people and organizations for their unwavering support during this stage of the campaign. Please forgive us if we miss anyone:
The New Campaign Slogan Is “Save Our Bridge – You Can Help”
With restoration funding in place, we need to make sure that the project is continued to be identified and treated as a priority for the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). The restoration work is scheduled to begin in the late Spring or early Summer of 2018.
Construction work can begin as soon as the river water level drops enough to be determined safe to work. This historic Bridge is in a weakened condition. There is real urgency to begin the restoration project as soon as is possible.
We, as a community, need to work closely with DPR to monitor the progress of the project and make sure the repairs and restoration work is completed in a timely manner.
What You Can Do
We need you to stay involved and informed. Let DPR know that you want this project to be completed as soon as is possible. 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 process with State Representatives and DPR.
Donate to the Campaign – We still need funds to run the campaign. More importantly we are saving the bulk of donated funds to have the ability to contribute, at the end of the project, should there be any monetary shortfall to complete the restoration. All donated money will be used in the campaign or go directly to the Bridge.
Historic Covered Bridge Renovation and Malakoff Solar Projects Move Forward
Recently, the CBS and NBC Television Affiliates from Sacramento traveled out to Bridgeport to talk with Matt Green and Doug Moon about our beloved covered bridge and its eminent and full restoration scheduled for 2018...In case you didn't catch it on the news, the following two links will take you to the stories.
Governor Signs Budget to Fund Full Restoration of Historic Wood Covered Bridge at Bridgeport
Thanks to Governor Brown, State Legislators, and Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), the funding to save the longest, single span wood covered bridge left in the world is assured.
DPR reports there is $4.128m in the approved 2017-2018 budget allocated for the renovation of this historical treasure.
Governor’s Proposed Budget allocates $3,226,000 to the Bridgeport Bridge Restoration Project for 2017-18
On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, California Governor Edmond G. Brown released the proposed 2017-18 State Budget which included an allocation of $3,226,000 for the construction costs for restoration of the Bridgeport Bridge in Nevada County. Specifically, the funds are being allocated through the Department of Parks and Recreation’s State Building Program Expenditures. This achievement was due to advocacy work by the Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee (S.O.B.), the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and District IV Supervisor, Hank Weston.
Supervisor Weston, Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee and SYRCL meet with CA Department of Parks & Recreation Director on Bridgeport Bridge Restoration Project
NEXT BIG GOAL: SECURE FULL FUNDING FOR FINAL CONSTRUCTION
BRIDGEPORT COVERED BRIDGE REPAIR ON-TRACK DESPITE COST INCREASES