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.
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)