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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...

 

September Progress Made with Unavoidable Delays

 

RECAP: September 2020
Submitted by John Field
 
Progress: The truss “X-Sections” along both sides continued to be placed into their Cast Iron shoes located on the Bottom Chords. Along with the process, top shoes are being refitted and installation of the Top Chords and upper Tie Beams got under way… The North Portal Abutment construction of the concrete forms and rebar for the front, back, and wing walls continued … Excavation was done to uncover the concrete from the Stabilization Towers of 2015. Rebar sections protruding from the new abutment will be connected to the concrete sections to serve as a “Deadman Anchor” … The South Portal Abutment work consisted of grouting the West side Wing Wall and continued installation of rebar and preparation for the placement of the concrete Pile Cap … A large shaded working area was installed in the construction yard for the carpenters to work on the various preparation stages of the rebuilding of the wooden bridge. Among the many projects, the first of four 30ft. “staggered step” beams were milled on site and joined (scarfed) with a 46ft. beam to create the North West end Bottom Chord assembly. In addition, a 40ft. Bolster Beam will accompany the assembly. Once all four corner assemblies are constructed, they will be placed on top of the new abutments to hold the bridge up at its new height … A truck load of the new roof and side shakes arrived and put in secure keeping until needed … All the new floor stringers and floor beams were prepared for installation and work began on rehabilitating the original windows and frames from 1862.
 
Overall, there was a great deal of progress made, albeit unavoidable delays caused by hazardous air quality due to all the fires. Hence,several days of work stoppage for health and safety concerns were observed.
 
That is it for month 16 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 September bridge progress video, click on the image below.

SeptemberBridgeRestorationVideo

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