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Historic Covered Bridge Construction to Begin June 12, 2019!

Project Updates

 

June 12, 2019

HISTORIC COVERED BRIDGE RESTORATION HAS BEGUN

Mobilization by Spectra Contractors of Pomona, California, have begun installing fencing, office trailers and equipment in preparation for a major renovation of the historic covered bridge at South Yuba River State ParkBridgeport in Penn Valley, California.

 

Built in 1862, the bridge has undergone other renovations and repairs with this being a major undertaking. Once the project is completed, expected in the fall of 2020, it will be eighteen inches higher with new shingles, sidings, floor planking, interior trusses and steel tension rods.

Progress photos will develop on a daily basis with eventual aerial drone coverage and You Tube stories at this page(See Restoration Progress - June, 2019).

 

The South parking lot is closed during the project, however the North parking remains available for public use.

 

The Visitor Center, Barn and Gas Station will remain open as well as weekend gold panning and beach access.

For more information, please call 530-432-2546.

 

January 7, 2019

The reconstruction project on the Bridgeport Covered Bridge is moving forward. A construction contract was awarded to Spectra Company in the fall of 2018. The total project cost is $6.9 million. Spectra Company will begin mobilizing materials and equipment this spring in preparation of starting construction in late spring or early summer, once water levels are safe. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

 

 

A new website has been created by DPR staff for the Project. It is quite extensive and has a lot of the plans, history, drawings and reports related to the Project. It is available for anyone to access.

 

Learn More...

 

AUGUST PROGRESS AND CHALLENGES

 

RECAP: August 2020
Submitted by John Field
 
The month of August 2020 brought progress and challenges.

 

First the Progress: The original Buttresses are being refurbished with the full intent of returning them to service. Also, the truss “X-Sections” along both sides continue to be placed into their shoes located on the lower chords. Along with the process, top shoes are being refitted. … The North Portal Abutment received thirty-five cubic yards of concrete to create what is called the “Pile Cap”. In short, A Pile Cap is a thick concrete mat that rests on concrete or timber piles that have been driven into soft or unstable ground to provide a suitable stable foundation. The next step will be the construction of the front, back, and wing walls to complete the abutment to support the wooden bridge at its new height. … Next came the steel “Moment Frame” which will be encased with wood and will be connected as the front part of the covered bridge portal. The purpose is meant to resist lateral and overturning forces (wind, floods) because of the bending moment and shear strength that is inherent in its members and the connecting joints. … The South Portal Abutment work consists of rebar installation and preparation for the placement of the concrete Pile Cap.
 
Challenge: The Jones Fire started by lightning just a few miles from Bridgeport along with many other fires in Northern California created hazardous air quality and deemed it necessary to curtail the carpentry work for many days.
 
That is it for month 15 of the project so far!
 
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The many photos and videos available will give you a complete tour of the process along with monthly YouTube presentations (now narrated in part) created as a compilation (by Herb Lindberg) of the ongoing photos and videos.
 
We will continue to update monthly...Please see the Ongoing Progress Photos and Videos by clicking on the button below where you will also find the many prior month’s folders consisting of photos and videos for you to view while the current month will be a running list of the most current photos.
 
Comments and descriptions accompany the photos and videos as usual.
 
Be Safe and Stay Well...

 

Restoration Ongoing Progress

Ongoing Progress Photos/Videos...

 

To see August bridge progress video, click on the image below.

AugustBridgeRestorationVideo

To see July bridge progress video part 1 of 2, click on the image below.

July1BridgeRestorationVideo

To see July bridge progress video part 2 of 2, click on the image below.

July2BridgeRestorationVideo

To see June bridge progress video part 1 of 2, click on the image below.

June1BridgeRestorationVideo

To see June bridge progress video part 2 of 2, click on the image below.

June2BridgeRestorationVideo

To see May bridge progress video, click on the image below.

MayBridgeRestorationVideo

To see April bridge progress video part 1 of 2, click on the image below.

AprilBridgeRestorationVideo

To see April bridge progress video part 2 of 2, click on the image below.

AprilBridgeRestorationVideo

To see March bridge progress, click on the image below.

MarchBridgeRestorationVideo

To see February bridge progress, click on the image below.

FebruaryBridgeRestorationVideo

To see January bridge progress, click on the image below.

JanuaryBridgeRestorationVideo

To see a 7-minute video on construction of the (stabilization) cradles in 2014, click on the image below.

JanuaryBridgeRestorationVideo

To see a short summary of the progress made in 2019, click on the image below.

JanuaryBridgeRestorationVideo

To see a video of the December bridge restoration progress, click on the image below.

DecemberBridgeRestorationVideo

 

To see a video of the November bridge restoration progress, click on the image below.

NovemberBridgeRestorationVideo

 

To see a video of the October bridge restoration progress, click on the image below.

OctoberBridgeRestorationVideo

 

To see a video of the September bridge restoration progress, click on the image below.

SeptemberBridgeRestorationVideo

 

To see a video of the August bridge restoration progress, click on the image below.

AugustBridgeRestorationVideo

 

To see a video of the July 1 to 31 bridge restoration progress, click on the image below.

JulyBridgeRestorationVideo

 

To see a video of the June 12 to 28 bridge restoration progress, click on the image below.

JulyBridgeRestorationVideo

 

Preparation For Bridge Restoration - April, 2015

Phase2 - Stabilization Photos...

 

Phase 1 Bridge Stabilization - September, 2014

Phase 1 - Stabilization Photos...

Cradle Construction Photos...

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Photo Credits: Herb Lindberg (banner), John Field