Bridgeport Covered Bridge Rehabilitation & Restoration
RECAP: June 2021
Submitted by John Field
The month of June brought great progress in restoring the Bridgeport Covered Bridge’s signature look…Meaning
the arches and side shakes. All the sidings and roof trusses except for the end sections have been installed. After
a brief interlude of requisite load testing (using large water totes placed on the top chords at the ends and hung
from the under belly of the bridge) the Mabey bridge will be removed. Once removed the remainder of the roof
trusses and sidings will be completed along with installation of the floor timbers. Soon after, the roofing contractor
will install the roof shakes and we will be ready to cut the red ribbon and welcome everybody back onto their
beloved covered bridge. Completion is estimated at the end of September if not before.
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 June 2021 folder found on this website by
clicking on the Ongoing Progress Photos and Videos button directly below this text.
Month 25 Completed.
The many photos and videos available will give you a complete tour of the process along with monthly YouTube
presentations created as a compilation (by Herb Lindberg) of the ongoing photos and videos.
A new feature: Monthly Slide Shows compiled from all the monthly progress photos and videos. Below, you
will see a new button to click on to access your choice of monthly slide shows.
Special thanks go out to Bridgewright Will Truax and Inspector John Rebenstorff for their contributions to our
archival collection of photos and videos.
We will continue to update monthly ... Please see the Ongoing Progress Photos and Videos by clicking on the
button directly below where you will also find the many prior month’s folders consisting of progress photos and
videos for you to view. The current month will be a running list of the most current photos and videos.
Comments and descriptions accompany the photos and videos as usual.
Be Safe and Stay Well...
Ongoing Progress Photos/Videos...
Monthly Progress Slideshows...
YouTube Monthly Recap Videos...
To see the June, part 1, bridge progress video, click on the image below.
To see the June, part 2, bridge progress video, click on the image below.
To see additional information regarding the bridge restoration project, click the link below.
More Bridge Restoration Information...
Tucked away in scenic and historic Nevada County
South Yuba River State Park has a little something for everybody. The patchwork park boundaries form a “string of pearls” for 20 miles along the river, including four
historic bridges, miles of hiking trails, and the nation´s only wheelchair-accessible wilderness trail, the Independence Trail. The river´s beauty and solitude has long inspired the dedication and stewardship of those who know it best.
Come discover the many faces of the South Yuba River.
Wander through the history of the Bridgeport Covered Bridge, learn more about the wagons that traveled these parts,
pan for gold, escape to a hidden swimming hole, roam trails along the river surrounded by wildflowers, and so much more.
Save Our Bridge
Campaign to Save Our Bridge continues. The Bridge was stabilized in February 2015 with a temporary structure. Funding of $1.316 million was allocated in 2014 by the State towards the restoration of the bridge. All of your emails, faxes, letters and phone calls to Sacramento made that happen.
Most of 2015 was spent performing an in-depth assessment and preparing the engineering drawings needed to restore the Bridge. There was also a thorough analysis of the costs to fully restore the Bridge. This past year, 2016, was spent working on obtaining all of the necessary permits and environmental impact reports necessary to begin construction.
January 2017 delivered great news as Governor Brown has included the necessary $3.226 million to complete the project in the 2017-2018 State budget! Please follow the link below for the latest news.
We still need your support! Please continue to stay informed and involved in this project. Check this website for updates and respond to future “Action Alerts”, as we may need to communicate our positions on issues during the restoration with State Representatives. Together, we can Save Our Bridge.