By: Save Our Bridge Committee
During the Groundbreaking Ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 local leaders, state representatives and the community came together to celebrate the first step in construction to stabilize our beloved wooden covered bridge at Bridgeport, South Yuba River State Park.
Over the past year, the community united in a big way to save something important to all of us. You tirelessly wrote letters, made phone calls, sent emails to state lawmakers and made multiple trips to the state capitol until the legislature and governor approved full funding in June 2014. You made your voices heard!
Now, with the start of the first phase of a $1.5 million stabilization and restoration project, we are seeing the fruits of our hard work. We are well on our way to saving this historic icon, the longest single span covered wood bridge in the world. Our new slogan is: Save Our Bridge – Get It Done!
The project has two phases. In Phase I, contractors will stabilize the bridge to help secure the structure before a more comprehensive restoration can be completed. The stabilization work is scheduled to be completed by December 30, 2014 just in time for winter.
Phase II will include the repair and restoration of the bridge so that it is safe and reopened to the public. The planning, permitting and engineering work necessary for Phase II begins in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
We want to thank the entire community for all of your support and energetic participation in the campaign. You made the difference! A big thank you goes to: Governor Jerry Brown, Senators Jim Nielsen and Ted Gaines and Assembly Member Brian Dahle. Special recognition goes to the unanimous support we received from the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, the City Councils of Grass Valley and Nevada City, the Town Council of Truckee, all of the Nevada County Chambers of Commerce, the Economic Resources Council, the Grass Valley Downtown Association and the Nevada County Historical Society.
We also want to thank all of the officials and dignitaries who attended the Groundbreaking Ceremony, Congressman Doug LaMalfa, Nevada County District 4 Supervisor Hank Weston, Nevada County District 1 Supervisor Nate Beason, Nevada County District 2 Supervisor Ed Scofield, Nevada County District 3 Supervisor Terry Lamphier, Nevada County Assistant Executive Officer Alison Lehman, District Representative for Congressman LaMalfa Jennifer Horne, Legislative Director for State Assemblyman Brian Dahle Cheri West, Nevada City Mayor Terri Anderson, Vice Mayor of the City of Grass Valley Jason Fouyer, South Nevada County Chamber of Commerce Director Carol Scofield, Executive Director Fire Safe Council of Nevada County Joanne Drummond, Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce Director Jerri Glover, General Manager Nevada Irrigation District Rem Scherzinger, Sierra District Superintendent Marilyn Linkem, Sierra District Sector Superintendent California State Parks Matt Green, Supervising Ranger Dan Youngren, State Parks Construction Manager Rod Tuttle, Retired Supervising Ranger Don Schmidt.
Thank you from all of us in the Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee: SOB Committee Chairman Doug Moon, South Yuba River Park Association President David Anderson, South Yuba River Citizens League Executive Director Caleb Dardick, Nevada City Councilman Robert Bergman, Regional Chambers of Commerce President Susan George, Bear Yuba Land Trust Outreach Coordinator Laura Petersen, South Yuba River Park Directors Mickey Springer, Ginny Brown, Bill Stamatis, Paul Keasberry and Robert Coats and community members Don Denton, Sandy Alves, Jean Wilson, Ron Ernst and Shirley Moon.
Stay tuned for updates about the bridge on South Yuba River Park Association’s website and Facebook page! Now let’s follow through to Save Our Bridge – Get It Done!