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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...

 

 

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.
 
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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...

 

Restoration Ongoing Progress

Ongoing Progress Photos/Videos...

 

Monthly Progress Slideshows...

 

YouTube Monthly Recap Videos...

 

To see the August 2021, part 1, bridge progress video, click on the image below.

Augustpart1BridgeRestorationVideo

To see the August 2021, part 2, bridge progress video, click on the image below.

AugustBridgeRestorationVideopt2

To see the July 2021, part 1, bridge progress video, click on the image below.

Julypart1BridgeRestorationVideo

To see the July 2021, part 2, bridge progress video, click on the image below.

JulyBridgeRestorationVideopt2

To see the June 2021, part 1, bridge progress video, click on the image below.

Junepart1BridgeRestorationVideo

To see the June 2021, part 2, bridge progress video, click on the image below.

JuneBridgeRestorationVideopt2

To see the May 2021, part 1, bridge progress video, click on the image below.

Maypart1BridgeRestorationVideo

To see the May 2021, part 2, bridge progress video, click on the image below.

MayBridgeRestorationVideopt2

To see the April 2021, part 1, bridge progress video, click on the image below.

Aprilpart1BridgeRestorationVideo

To see the April 2021, part 2, bridge progress video, click on the image below.

AprilBridgeRestorationVideopt2

To see the March 2021, part 1, bridge progress video, click on the image below.

MarchBridgeRestorationVideo

To see the March 2021, part 2, bridge progress video, click on the image below.

MarchBridgeRestorationVideopt2

To see the February 2021, part 1, bridge progress video, click on the image below.

FebruaryBridgeRestorationVideo

To see the February 2021, part 2, bridge progress video, click on the image below.

FebruaryBridgeRestorationVideopt2

To see the January 2021bridge progress video, click on the image below.

JanuaryrBridgeRestorationVideo

To see the December 2020 bridge progress video, click on the image below.

DecemberBridgeRestorationVideo

To see the November 2020bridge progress video, click on the image below.

NovemberBridgeRestorationVideo

To see part 1 of October 2020 bridge progress video, click on the image below.

October1BridgeRestorationVideo

To see part 2 of October 2020 bridge progress video, click on the image below.

Octobe2rBridgeRestorationVideo

To see September2020 bridge progress video, click on the image below.

SeptemberBridgeRestorationVideo

To see August 2020 bridge progress video, click on the image below.

AugustBridgeRestorationVideo

To see July 2020 bridge progress video part 1 of 2, click on the image below.

July1BridgeRestorationVideo

To see July 2020 bridge progress video part 2 of 2, click on the image below.

July2BridgeRestorationVideo

To see June 2020 bridge progress video part 1 of 2, click on the image below.

June1BridgeRestorationVideo

To see June2020 bridge progress video part 2 of 2, click on the image below.

June2BridgeRestorationVideo

To see May 2020 bridge progress video, click on the image below.

MayBridgeRestorationVideo

To see April 2020 bridge progress video part 1 of 2, click on the image below.

AprilBridgeRestorationVideo

To see April 2020 bridge progress video part 2 of 2, click on the image below.

AprilBridgeRestorationVideo

To see March 2020 bridge progress, click on the image below.

MarchBridgeRestorationVideo

To see February 2020 bridge progress, click on the image below.

FebruaryBridgeRestorationVideo

To see January 2020 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 2019 bridge restoration progress, click on the image below.

DecemberBridgeRestorationVideo

 

To see a video of the November 2019 bridge restoration progress, click on the image below.

NovemberBridgeRestorationVideo

 

To see a video of the October 2019 bridge restoration progress, click on the image below.

OctoberBridgeRestorationVideo

 

To see a video of the September 2019 bridge restoration progress, click on the image below.

SeptemberBridgeRestorationVideo

 

To see a video of the August 2019 bridge restoration progress, click on the image below.

AugustBridgeRestorationVideo

 

To see a video of the July 1 to 31 2019 bridge restoration progress, click on the image below.

JulyBridgeRestorationVideo

 

To see a video of the June 12 to 28 2019 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