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.
RESTORATION AND RESUSITATION HAS BEGUN
Submitted by John Field
The month of May began with the use of the Gin Poles to lift unified sets of Truss Braces & Counter Braces (the X’s) up and out of the Cast Iron Shoes on the Bottom Chords and placed them temporarily fastened to the Mabey bridge to allow repair to the Bottom Chords. Repair and straightening the bottom chords is now well under way. During the completion of the disassembly process, the remaining wrought iron truss rods were removed and even more “maker’s marks” were discovered for a total of seventeen different manufacturers contributing to our original 1862 wooden bridge. Also, the portal buttresses were removed and work on the stone veneer in front of where the new abutments will be is underway. Preparation consists of cutting out damaged or weakened mortar joints and filling in those joints with fresh mortar, a process known as repointing. The excavation behind the veneer rock walls will begin soon in preparation for the construction of the new abutments on both ends.
Considering the swings in weather in May from high heat to considerable rain, the progress made by the great team of carpenters was impressive marking not only the completion of the disassembly phase, but more importantly the beginning of restoration and resuscitation.
The middle of June is the “one year” anniversary of the actual beginning of this project and we are looking forward to the completion before the end of this calendar year.
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.
Be Safe and Stay Well...
Restoration Ongoing Progress
To see May bridge progress video, click on the image below.
To see April bridge progress video part 1 of 2, click on the image below.
To see April bridge progress video part 2 of 2, click on the image below.
To see March bridge progress, click on the image below.
To see February bridge progress, click on the image below.
To see January bridge progress, click on the image below.
To see a 7-minute video on construction of the (stabilization) cradles in 2014, click on the image below.
To see a short summary of the progress made in 2019, click on the image below.
To see a video of the December bridge restoration progress, click on the image below.
To see a video of the November bridge restoration progress, click on the image below.
To see a video of the October bridge restoration progress, click on the image below.
To see a video of the September bridge restoration progress, click on the image below.
To see a video of the August bridge restoration progress, click on the image below.
To see a video of the July 1 to 31 bridge restoration progress, click on the image below.
To see a video of the June 12 to 28 bridge restoration progress, click on the image below.
Preparation For Bridge Restoration - April, 2015
Phase 1 Bridge Stabilization - September, 2014
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