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...
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.
To see the August 2021, 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
The Restoration and Rehabilitation of the Longest, Single Span, Wooden, Covered Bridge left on earth was performed by this talented group of Bridgewrights, Timber Framers, Carpenters.
Pictured from the left:
Luis Jesus Trejo Olvera, Jeff Purcell, Drew McGuire, Stephen Kemmett, Kaipo Covert, Manuel Leyva, Braulio De La Torre, Will Truax (kneeling), Tim Brennen, Tim Andrews, Joseph (Buddy) Covert, Edgar A. Arce, Adrian Miranda, Tim Wells.
Jack Via, Issac McCoy, Chris Kohen.