Bridgeport Covered Bridge Rehabilitation & Restoration
Submitted by John Field
The Restoration and Rehabilitation of the Bridgeport 'Covered' Bridge
was completed as of
October 29, 2021.
The Bridgeport Covered Bridge is the Longest, Single Span, Covered, Wooden Bridge
in the World.
A red ribbon cutting reopening ceremony was held on November 4, 2021
* The new button below entitled “Bridge Reopening-Nov. 4, 2021”
, will lead you to photos
and videos submitted by various contributors of that momentous occasion. *
A Special YouTube Recap condensing the 28-month long project into 44 minutes has been
posted below by clicking on the photo of Master Bridgewright Tim Andrews seated on the
bottom chords of the bridge while being restored. The special recap will remain indefinitely on
this home page.
All 28 months of the installation process can be accessed by clicking on the Ongoing Progress
Photos and Videos button below this text. There you can access Monthly Folders of the
individual Photos and Videos posted each month, Monthly YouTube Recaps, and Monthly
Progress Slide Shows.
It has been a rewarding and educational experience capturing and producing the media
documentation effort over the course of the historic restoration and rehabilitation project. I
would like to extend my special thanks and appreciation to the following contributors:
Shirley and Doug Moon, Robert Coats, Herb Lindberg, Dave Arstein, John Thompson, Janet
Peters, Steve Berry, Fred Claessens, Denise Jaffke, Marc Wetherbee, Will Truax, Michael Baca,
John Rebenstorff and Tim Andrews.
To see the new-roof and bridge sendoff video, click on the image below.
Bridge Reopening-Nov. 4, 2021...
Ongoing Progress Photos/Videos...
Monthly Progress Slideshows...
YouTube Monthly Recap Videos...
To see complete documentation regarding the bridge restoration project, click the link below.
Complete Bridge Documentation Information...
We would like to point your attention to the synopsis of the restoration process of the covered bridge in video form.
Our editor, Herb Lindberg went to great lengths to condense twenty-eight months into forty-five-minutes as another way to archive the great achievements accomplished by the talented Bridgewrights, Timber Framers and Carpenters throughout the project.
The video entitled “The Restoration of the Covered Bridge at Bridgeport, Ca.-Full” is available below. We hope you enjoy it.
To see the special recap video, click on the image below.
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.