Historic Bridge Receives Funding

August 2017

Built in 1862, the Bridgeport Covered Bridge is a Gold-Rush era toll bridge located in Nevada County, California - and the longest single-span wooden bridge in the country. Working with State Parks Historians, Buehler analyzed the structure and designed a comprehensive rehabilitation plan to allow pedestrian and horse drawn wagon use once again while maintaining the historic fabric and design of the original structure.                                                 

Labor of Love

A labor of love, Buehler has worked on the project for 7 years. Senior Principal Larry Jones began the project with a structural evaluation which identified extensive damage to the main timber support trusses. As a result, the bridge was closed to the public in 2011. Community members began a grass roots campaign called Save Our Bridge to rally legislators to include funding to rehabilitate the structure. Meanwhile, Buehler worked with the Department of Parks and Recreation to develop a temporary steel stabilization system in 2015.

"We are very proud for the opportunity to help preserve and restore this important piece of California history for generations of visitors to come," says Larry Jones, Senior Principal. Link to South Yuba River State Park article