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SAVE OUR BRIDGE RESTORATION

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...

 

PUTTING IT ALL BACK TOGETHER AGAIN!

 

RECAP: July 2020
Submitted by John Field
 
By Doug Moon, Chairman of the Save Our Bridge Campaign.

 

Greetings everyone,

 

I thought this would be a good point in the Bridge Project for an update because they are starting to put the Bridge back together! After months of delay and the months spent painstakingly taking the Bridge apart there has been real progress made towards the reconstruction. The bottom main timbers, (called “chords”), have all been repaired or replaced as needed. This effort took quite a bit longer than anticipated as the carpenters discovered much more dry rot than estimated. The foundations (called "abutments") at both ends of the Bridge are almost finished. It was amazing that this Bridge sat on a foundation primarily consisting of huge boulders, rocks and dirt for 158 years and was so stable. Some of the boulders that needed to be removed were so large that the abutment subcontractor had to use saws with diamond blades to cut them into smaller pieces so that the cranes could remove them. The new abutments will be super stable. They consist of multiple pours of concrete, micro pilings that were driven down into the earth many feet and filled with concrete, steel dowels were driven into the remaining rock walls and attached to rebar. Another big placement of concrete (called the “pile cap”) should happen soon on each end of the Bridge. Once that has cured and been tested, a final pour of the new walls will be achieved, then the Bridge can be lowered onto the new abutments. In the meantime, the truss cross braces (the big X braces that run down each side) that were removed and temporarily attached to the Mabey bridge are being reinstalled onto the Bridge. This is the first step in putting it all back together again. Soon you will be able to see the familiar old shape of our special Bridge take shape!
 
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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 July bridge progress video part 1 of 2, click on the image below.

July1BridgeRestorationVideo

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