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.
LIFTING THE HISTORIC WOODEN BRIDGE IS GETTING CLOSER
The month of October began with the removal of the temporary center shoring because the Mabey bridge was fully in place and independently supported, therefore the ‘precautionary’ center support was no longer useful. The center shoring would have prevented any sagging during the Mabey bridge installation, and it was determined through many measurements that it never sagged at all. The integrity of our wooden bridge is excellent.
Next came the removal of all remaining wooden shakes from the sides and extensive inspections transpired once uncovered. It was determined that a very large percentage of the existing timbers are in excellent condition and will be re-used.
Finally, the steel used to construct the ‘jack-shoring’ scaffolding was assembled and installed above and below the Mabey bridge in the form of cross beams and threaded steel rods. The referred to ‘jack shoring’ is the apparatus that will be instrumental in supporting the hydraulic jacks to ultimately raise the wooden bridge to its new height approximately sixteen inches above its current level.
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.
Don’t miss the YouTube as well.
Restoration Ongoing Progress
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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