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The Nevada County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday (December 10th) urging State officials to complete the renovation of the Bridgeport Covered Bridge, which has been closed to the public since 2011. The draft resolution sponsored by Board Chair Hank Weston directs County staff to communicate to the Governor, State legislators, and State Parks staff the importance of renovating the bridge quickly in order to prevent further deterioration or a catastrophic collapse.
Built in 1862, the 229-foot Bridgeport Covered Bridge at the South Yuba River State Park is the longest single-span wooden covered bridge still in existence in the United States, and is a National and State historic landmark. An engineering survey in 2011 revealed severe structural problems including twisted arches, dry rot of structural supports and misalignment of end supports. As a result, the bridge was deemed unsafe for foot traffic and was closed due to safety concerns.
Caleb Dardic Executive Director of the South Yuba River Citizens League or Sycl says fundraising and grant money has provided for stabilization of the bridge.
Dardic says the challenge now is raising the rest of the $6 hundred thousand dollars needed to repair the bridge.
The California Department of Parks and Recreations (DPR) has budgeted $220,000 for the stabilization effort with $114,500 in State funds being “matched” with over $100,000 from in-kind volunteer hours.
Anyone interested in donating or volunteering can go to the “Save Our Bridge” campaign at south yuba river state park.org.