State lawmakers clear way for reopening Bridgeport Bridge

A state Assembly Budget Subcommittee voted 4-0 to support full funding for the restoration and re-opening of the Bridgeport covered bridge this morning, SYRCL announced.

Current Status

State agencies and volunteers have secured about half of the funding needed to restore the bridge.

In January, Governor Jerry Brown included $1.26 million in funding for the Bridgeport Covered Bridge Restoration Project in his 2014-15 budget proposal. The budget will go before State Legislators in June.

The State estimates it will cost $220,000 to temporarily stabilize the bridge. Funding has been secured and work is expected to be completed this year.

Nevada County Supervisors and the City Councils of Nevada City, Truckee and Grass Valley unanimously supported bridge restoration.

Important Facts

Bridgeport is the longest single-span covered wood bridge in the world

Built in 1862 by sawmill owner David Wood, considered an engineering feat of its day

Important historic toll bridge on Virginia Turnpike for people, wagons and supplies traveling between Marysville and Nevada during Gold and Silver Rush days

California Registered Landmark & National Historic Landmark

In 2011 Department of Parks and Recreation closed bridge after engineering survey found severe and unsafe structural problems

Engineers estimate it will cost $1.1 million to restore the bridge

(Photo: Michael Weissenborn and SierraCulture.com)