Calendar | Save Our Bridge

SAVE OUR BRIDGE RESTORATION

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: 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.
 
***
 
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...

 

Restoration Ongoing Progress

Ongoing Progress Photos/Videos...

 

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

MarchBridgeRestorationVideo

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

MarchBridgeRestorationVideopt2

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

FebruaryBridgeRestorationVideo

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

FebruaryBridgeRestorationVideopt2

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

JanuaryrBridgeRestorationVideo

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

DecemberBridgeRestorationVideo

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

NovemberBridgeRestorationVideo

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

October1BridgeRestorationVideo

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

Octobe2rBridgeRestorationVideo

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

SeptemberBridgeRestorationVideo

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

AugustBridgeRestorationVideo

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

July1BridgeRestorationVideo

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

July2BridgeRestorationVideo

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

June1BridgeRestorationVideo

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

June2BridgeRestorationVideo

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

MayBridgeRestorationVideo

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

AprilBridgeRestorationVideo

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

AprilBridgeRestorationVideo

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

MarchBridgeRestorationVideo

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

FebruaryBridgeRestorationVideo

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

DecemberBridgeRestorationVideo

 

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

NovemberBridgeRestorationVideo

 

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

OctoberBridgeRestorationVideo

 

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

SeptemberBridgeRestorationVideo

 

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

AugustBridgeRestorationVideo

 

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

JulyBridgeRestorationVideo

 

To see a video of the June 12 to 28 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...

DPRLogo

PLEASE NOTE: EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT INDICATED OTHERWISE, ALL RIGHTS, TITLE AND INTEREST, INCLUDING COPYRIGHT, IN AND TO ALL PHOTOS, VIDEOS AND OTHER MEDIA CONTENT FOUND ON THIS PART OF THIS WEBSITE CREATED BY STATE PARKS’ VOLUNTEERS OR STATE PARKS’ STAFF BELONG TO THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION.

Photo Credits: Herb Lindberg (banner), John Field