Bridgeport Covered Bridge Rehabilitation & Restoration
Bridgeport Covered Bridge Rehabilitation & Restoration
RECAP: August 2021
Submitted by John Field
STRUCTURAL WORK HAS BEEN COMPLETED
At sunset on August 31, 2021, Spectra Historic Construction completed their final cleanup and demobilization of the construction site at South Yuba River State Park-Bridgeport. The month of August was packed with great accomplishments and adversities. The adversities were attributed to the severe smoke pollution caused by several fires in Northern California. There were a few days when the air quality index was so severe that the carpenters were forced to suspend work. Progress forged ahead (despite the delays) to complete the entire structural construction of the wooden bridge. To enhance the occasion, the carpenters enjoyed a century-old tradition to celebrate completion of the timber structure by attaching a softwood bough to the rafter top and baptize the same with rum. One of the more well-known timber traditions involves nailing a bough or small evergreen tree to the highest point of the timber frame. The celebration is known as “Topping Out” with a “Wetting Bush”.
(Photos of the carpenters atop the highest point in celebration are available within both our YouTube and Progress Photos and Videos Folders.)
Hardscape and Landscape work consisted of the addition of ADA parking spaces, security bollards, safety rails at each portal, smoothing and compaction of the portal approaches, and removal of the construction fencing. The only remaining task is the installation of the roof shakes by a roofing contractor.
This recap is a mere abbreviation of the work and complexities involved. For comprehensive detail, you can view the installation process in assorted Photo and Video formats in the August 2021 folder found on this website by clicking on the Ongoing Progress Photos and Videos button directly below this text.
Month 27 Completed.
The many photos and videos available will give you a complete tour of the process including Monthly YouTube recap presentations created as a compilation (by Herb Lindberg) of the ongoing photos and videos.
Also, Monthly Slide Shows compiled from all the monthly progress photos and videos are available.
Below, you will see various buttons to click on to access your choice of monthly YouTube Recaps, monthly Slide Shows, and separate monthly Folders including activities dating back to June of 2019. Also, photos and videos of the current month’s activities are shown below the monthly folders. Comments and descriptions accompany the photos and videos as usual.
Special thanks go out to Bridgewright Will Truax and Inspector John Rebenstorff for their contributions to our archival collection of photos and videos throughout the entire project.
We will continue to update through completion of the roofing project ...
Be Safe and Stay Well...
To see additional information regarding the bridge restoration project, click the link below.
We Saved Our Park!
South Yuba River State Park
This show describes facilities and activities at the park, many of which would be lost if the park were closed even temporarily.
Also, it is a good place for new visitors to become familiar with the park's most important features and how they got there.
FOR LATEST INFORMATION ON THE BRIDGE PROJECT, CLICK THE BOX BELOW:
We can all take a minute to congratulate ourselves on this wonderful community wide effort to attain the funding necessary to begin restoration and to reopen this historic icon. We can savor how, working together, we accomplished this first major step to Save Our Bridge. Please see Campaign Updates column.
Bridge Stabilization Groundbreaking
Phase 1 Bridge Stabilization - September, 2014
Preparation For Bridge Restoration - April, 2015
We also need to recognize and thank a large number of people and organizations for their unwavering support during this stage of the campaign. Please forgive us if we miss anyone:
The New Campaign Slogan Is “Save Our Bridge – You Can Help”
With restoration funding in place, we need to make sure that the project is continued to be identified and treated as a priority for the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). The restoration work is scheduled to begin in the late Spring or early Summer of 2018.
Construction work can begin as soon as the river water level drops enough to be determined safe to work. This historic Bridge is in a weakened condition. There is real urgency to begin the restoration project as soon as is possible.
We, as a community, need to work closely with DPR to monitor the progress of the project and make sure the repairs and restoration work is completed in a timely manner.
What You Can Do
We need you to stay involved and informed. Let DPR know that you want this project to be completed as soon as is possible. Check this website frequently for updates, and respond to future “Action Alerts”, as we may need to communicate our positions on issues during the restoration process with State Representatives and DPR.
Donate to the Campaign – We still need funds to run the campaign. More importantly we are saving the bulk of donated funds to have the ability to contribute, at the end of the project, should there be any monetary shortfall to complete the restoration. All donated money will be used in the campaign or go directly to the Bridge.
Historic Covered Bridge Renovation and Malakoff Solar Projects Move Forward
Recently, the CBS and NBC Television Affiliates from Sacramento traveled out to Bridgeport to talk with Matt Green and Doug Moon about our beloved covered bridge and its eminent and full restoration scheduled for 2018...In case you didn't catch it on the news, the following two links will take you to the stories.
Governor Signs Budget to Fund Full Restoration of Historic Wood Covered Bridge at Bridgeport
Thanks to Governor Brown, State Legislators, and Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), the funding to save the longest, single span wood covered bridge left in the world is assured.
DPR reports there is $4.128m in the approved 2017-2018 budget allocated for the renovation of this historical treasure.
Governor’s Proposed Budget allocates $3,226,000 to the Bridgeport Bridge Restoration Project for 2017-18
On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, California Governor Edmond G. Brown released the proposed 2017-18 State Budget which included an allocation of $3,226,000 for the construction costs for restoration of the Bridgeport Bridge in Nevada County. Specifically, the funds are being allocated through the Department of Parks and Recreation’s State Building Program Expenditures. This achievement was due to advocacy work by the Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee (S.O.B.), the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and District IV Supervisor, Hank Weston.
Supervisor Weston, Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee and SYRCL meet with CA Department of Parks & Recreation Director on Bridgeport Bridge Restoration Project
NEXT BIG GOAL: SECURE FULL FUNDING FOR FINAL CONSTRUCTION
BRIDGEPORT COVERED BRIDGE REPAIR ON-TRACK DESPITE COST INCREASES