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Bridgeport Covered Bridge Rehabilitation & Restoration

 

RECAP: March 2021
Submitted by John Field
 
As Spring approached, progress marched successfully ahead with a great deal of timber being installed up top. Moving from the South end to the North, all remaining Tie Beams, Lateral X-Braces and Top Chords (7 layers high-full length on both sides) have been installed. In addition, all the Truss X-Braces and Counter Braces have been either re-worked or replaced (where necessary) and fitted into their cast iron shoes on the top and bottom of each. Continuous “fine tuning” adjustments utilizing special measuring techniques assure the camber is being maintained properly. Both abutments have been backfilled with multiple layers of compacted aggregate base gravel (AB) to within one last layer to be placed after the completion of the concrete work on the pilasters and the approach curb at each entrance. The arch buckets are now in the process of being installed to the rebar for the pilasters adjacent to the rock walls below the portal entrances. The arch buckets will be the anchoring for the new arches currently being developed by our many (very) skilled Bridgewrights and Timber Framers.
 
The month of April will include the completion of all concrete work, final back filling of the abutments, holes being drilled for the truss tension rods, steel X- bracing installation and welding up top. There is a possibility that the bridge will be lowered to its final height on the abutments toward the end of April.
 
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 March 2021 folder found on this website by clicking on the Ongoing Progress Photos and Videos button directly below this text.
 
Month 21 Completed.
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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...

Ongoing Progress Photos/Videos...

 

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

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

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To see additional information regarding the bridge restoration project, click the link below.

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Tucked away in scenic and historic Nevada County

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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.

 

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Come discover the many faces of the South Yuba River.

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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.

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Save Our Bridge

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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.

 

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Current Events
UPLIFTING NEWS ABOUT HISTORIC BRIDGEPORT BRIDGE PROJECT!

 

During these trying times the Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee wanted to share some “uplifting” news (pun intended!). The project to restore and re-open the historic covered wood Bridge crossing the South Yuba River at Bridgeport is back on track after a four month delay in construction.

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THE SAVE OUR BRIDGE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE AND SIERRA GOLD PARKS FOUNDATION SPONSOR NEVADA COUNTY SCHOOLS STUDENT ARTS COMPETITION.

 

The Save our Bridge Campaign Committee and the Sierra Gold Parks Foundation are pleased to sponsor this year’s Nevada County Schools’ Student art competition. The subject of the competition is “Flowing Through History -The Bridgeport Bridge Restoration Project”. This partnership with the Nevada County Schools Superintendent’s Office is a great opportunity for students throughout Nevada County to learn about the restoration of the iconic Bridge at Bridgeport, South Yuba River State Park and the significance this Bridge has in the history of California and Nevada County.

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BRIDGE FUND-RAISING EVENT A BIG SUCCESS
LOCAL BUSINESSES RAISE FUNDS FOR HISTORIC BRIDGE

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JOIN US FOR SPRING BIRD WALKS AT SOUTH YUBA RIVER STATE PARK

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GEOLOGY WALKS
For more information contact South Yuba River State Park at (530) 432-2546.

 

HISTORIC COVERED BRIDGE RENOVATION and MALAKOFF SOLAR PROJECTS MOVE FORWARD

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2020 WILDFLOWER WALKS
For more information contact South Yuba River State Park at (530) 432-2546.

 

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