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The Bridgeport covered bridge that crosses the South Fork of the Yuba River was built to move supplies and people along the Virginia Turnpike toward the gold and silver fields during the late 1800′s. The Bridgeport covered bridge, just west of Grass Valley and Nevada City and is the longest single-span covered bridge remaining in the world.
Over the past 150 years the Bridge has suffered from old age and extreme weather conditions creating dry rot of the structural supports, twisting of the arches, and misalignment of the end supports and the possibility of total collapse of the entire Covered Bridge. An engineering survey conducted in 2011 found structural problems so severe that the Department of Parks and Recreation determined visitor safety such an overwhelming concern that the Bridge had to be closed to all visitor and foot traffic.
The Bridgeport Covered Bridge Association, formed to save the historic Bridge received some good news in the form of money for restoration from Governor Jerry Brown in his proposed 2014 Infrastructure Capital Funding Plan. David Anderson President of the Save the Bridge Association says the proposed funding is very good news.
A temporary stabilization effort for the bridge has been defined with an estimated cost of $220,000. The State has provided $114,500 and will cover the remaining $37,500 from a fund provided by the match for volunteer hours provided to the park by our volunteer docents.
Engineering estimates in August of 2012 identified the need for $1.1 million for immediate repairs to the bridge. Anderson says they still need to raise over 500 thousand dollars.
To make a tax deductible donation directly to the “Save Our Bridge” campaign sends a check in care of the South Yuba River Park Association, P. O. Box 1658, Penn Valley, CA 95946.