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Bridgeport Bridge Restoration Project Delayed
January 2020
PRESS RELEASE (Partial) by Doug Moon
Submitted by John Field
The Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee wishes to keep the community, who has been so supportive of the project to restore and re-open the iconic Covered Wood Bridge in the South Yuba River State Park, informed of developments in the project. To that end we would like to share, in part, information about the status of the Project contained in a letter sent to Nevada County Supervisor Sue Hoek from California State Parks and Recreation Department Acting Sierra District Superintendent Matt Green on Jan. 10, 2020. Superintendent Green states in the letter that “Although there has been progress in the restoration of the historic bridge, California State Parks regrets to inform you that (the) project will not be completed by this spring, as previously scheduled”. He goes on to report “While a revised completion date is not currently available, it is likely that the project will not be finished until the second half of 2020”.
Although this is disappointing news, the Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee has been assured by State Parks that this project is of the utmost importance and that complete restoration and re-opening of the Bridge is assured. State Park staff working on the project has been extremely cooperative in sharing information and including the Committee in meetings.
Although work progress was slow in January (partially due to weather), further inspections have revealed interesting “Maker’s Marks” on some of the historic 1862 wrought iron truss rods indicating various iron works contributing companies and where they were located. So far, a total of four were discovered in January and you can see them in the January photos and videos folder.
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.

Ongoing Progress Photos/Videos...


To see additional information regarding the bridge restoration project, click the link below.

More Bridge Restoration Information...

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.


Save Our Park
Run Time 9:27 min




Latest fact sheet...


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.


Plaque Presentation Photos...


Bridge Stabilization Groundbreaking

Ground Breaking Photos...

Ground Breaking Ceremony...


Phase 1 Bridge Stabilization - September, 2014

Phase 1 - Stabilization Photos...

Cradle Construction Photos...


Preparation For Bridge Restoration - April, 2015

Phase2 - Restoration Photos...

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

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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.

Repairing a piece of history...

Bridge gets $4 million restoration...


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.

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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.

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Supervisor Weston, Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee and SYRCL meet with CA Department of Parks & Recreation Director on Bridgeport Bridge Restoration Project


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Photo Credits: Herb Lindberg (banner), Steve Pauly, John Field