Help restore historic covered bridge at South Yuba River State Park

Did you know?

The 150-year-old covered bridge at the South Yuba River State Park is the longest single-span wooden covered bridge in the world!

Why is the bridge closed?
The bridge is closed due to safety concerns. An engineering survey discovered structural problems so severe that the entire covered bridge could collapse and isn’t safe for foot traffic. Over the last 150 years, old age and extreme weather conditions have resulted in:
• twisted arches
• dry rot of structural supports
• misalignment of end supports

What’s being done to save it?
The California Dept. of Parks and Recreation has completed an engineering report, and the total estimate for bridge repairs is approximately $1.1 million.

The South Yuba River Park Association (SYRPA) is spearheading a Save Our Bridge campaign to raise the needed money. To date, SYRPA has:

•Joined forces with the California State Parks Foundation to provide $21,000 to secure a federal grant through the CA Dept of Parks and Recreation.
•Met with elected officials to gain their support.
•Begun community fundraising efforts.

How can you help?
Approximately $600,000 is still needed to complete the restoration so that park visitors can once again walk across the covered bridge.
•Make a contribution today to the South Yuba River Park Association designated for Bridge Restoration. Mail your check to: SYRPA, P. O. Box 1658, Penn Valley, CA 95946
•Come to Bridgeport for the Fall Festival on October 27. It will be a day of fun for the whole family.

For more information, visit theSouth Yuba River State Park Association

(photo: Michael Weissenborn)

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