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.
2019 – FINALLY! THE BRIDGE RESTORATION PROJECT BEGINS!
By Doug Moon Chair;
Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee
After eight years of concerted effort by many members of our community, by our local elected officials and by numerous organizations, the project to Save Our Bridge finally came to fruition. The actual construction work to renovate and restore the 158-year-old, longest single span wood covered bridge left in the world began in July. It is a very complex and difficult project. The restoration must be done correctly to maintain the historical significance of the Bridge. As many original timbers as possible must be retained or reused, while making sure that any damaged timbers are replaced to make sure the Bridge is restored back to its original strength. All the replacement wood must match the original, and must be milled without any heart wood, just as David Wood did in 1862. The project is being done over a designated wild and scenic river with flows that vary widely by season. There are also significant constraints on what can be put in the river, when and for how long. Even with all these considerations, the project is moving forward. The wood bridge is stripped down to a bare skeleton. A metal bridge has been constructed within, which will be used to support the wood bridge as it is detached from its shoring, act as scaffolding for reconstruction work and be the structure used to eventually raise the wood bridge to its new height. Large deliveries of the replacement timbers have arrived however more still need to be ordered. Soon the Bridge will be detached from its shoring and lifted using 56 jacks, lifting the Bridge one eighth inch at a time to its new height. Then new pilings will be driven at each end and additional concrete abutments will be poured. The Bridge will then be lowered and reattached to the reinforced and raised shoring. Then the work will really begin to reconstruct and restore the Bridge to its original beauty. As important as 2019 was to have the project start, 2020 will even more spectacular. By the end of the year we will be able to once again experience the feeling out in the middle of that old Bridge, looking out a window suspended over the middle of the Yuba river and hearing in our minds the creak and clatter of a Calistoga wagon pulled by a team of horses moving across the Bridge on its way to the Comstock Lode.
I want to express a special Thank You to all the members of the Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee who have remained so vigilant and resolute over the many years in order to accomplish this goal.
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 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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