Bridge Stabilization Groundbreaking
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Reported by Herb Lindberg,
Supported by text from Doug Moon, and Keri Brenner of The Union
|On this day another
landmark was reached toward returning this famous bridge to
educational service as
the nation's, and perhaps the world's, longest single-span covered
wooden bridge. This continuing progress is the result of intense
effort by SYRPA's Save Our Bridge Committee, headed by Doug and Shirley
Moon, and many people in Nevada County and elsewhere who have
contributed their time and energy.
The effort included a full year of community letter writing, phone calls, lobbying and rallying to get the attention of Sacramento lawmakers. Today's groundbreaking ceremony for Phase I (stabilization) of the two-stage $1.5 M project celebrates this effort and gives sincere thanks to these people.
SRC Construction is expected to begin the stabilization process immediately, with a planned completion date of December 30. Phase 2 (restoration) will begin soon thereafter, following planning, permitting and engineering in 2014-2015. It was not immediately clear how long the restoration phase would take, but some at the ceremony speculated it could be two years.
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participants chat as the audience settles in. Left to right:
Nevada City Council;
Alison Lehman, Nevada County Assistant Executive Officer; Hank Weston, County Supervisor, District 4.
Committee Chairman Doug Moon kicks off the
From Doug's notes:It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to this Groundbreaking ceremony. We are here to celebrate the beginning of construction work that will ultimately SAVE OUR BRIDGE!
We will have a short program with a few words from our State Park Representative and from our local Officials who have contributed so much to this campaign. We will then have a Photo Opportunity in front of the bridge with shovels and hard hats. As a special treat after the Photo Op we will lead small-group tours into the bridge. Finally, you are welcome to join us for some cake and drinks after the program.
First I want to recognize a group of hard-working community members dedicated to SAVING OUR BRIDGE. This is the Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee. Most are among today's speakers or in the audience today.
South Yuba River Park Association President David AndersonThis group has worked tirelessly over the past year to make this all happen! Let’s give them a big round of applause!
In addition to the Speakers listed in your program I would also like to recognize other Community Leaders and Elected Officials in the audience. They have all been big supporters of the Campaign to SAVE OUR BRIDGE.
Ed Scofield – Nevada County Board of Supervisors, District 2
Terry Lampier – Nevada County Board of Supervisors, District 3
Jennifer Horne – District Representative for Congressman LaMalfa
Alison Lehman – Nevada County Assistant Executive Officer
Terri Anderson – Nevada City Mayor
Jason Fouyer - Vice Mayor of the City of Grass Valley
Carol Scofield – South Nevada County Chamber of Commerce Director
Joanne Drummond - Executive Director - Fire Safe Council of Nevada County
Jerri Glover – Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce
Rem Scherzinger – General Manager – Nevada Irrigation District
Pascale Fusshoeler – YUBAnet
Keri Brenner – The Union Newspaper (For example, most of the speaker quotes here are taken from Keri's excellent article the next day about the ceremony.)
Also here today and a big part of our team, from the State Parks:
Marilyn Linkem – Sierra District Superintendent
Dan Youngren – Supervising Ranger
Rod Tuttle – State Parks Construction Manager
Retired Supervising Ranger – Don Schmidt
Again, thank you all for joining us today.
Thanks also goes to Governor Jerry Brown, who has enthusiastically supported the project and was instrumental in getting the $1.5M released in time for bridge stabilization to be completed before heavy rains this year.
supporter in Washington D.C. and here at home, Congressman Doug
were interrupted to present a certificate of appreciation to the SOB
accepted by Chairman Doug Moon on behalf of the members.
of our Nevada County Board of Supervisors – Nate Beason
4 Supervisor for Nevada County and our foremost advocate here and in
the State Capital – Hank Weston
City Councilman and SOB Committee Member – Robert Bergman
Director for State Assemblyman Brian Dahle – Cheri West
Executive Director and our Political Guidance Counselor – Caleb
but certainly not least –the man who started it all with a meeting
around his dining room table -
the President of the South Yuba River Park Association – David Anderson
relaxed photo in the shade before donning hard hats and shovels for the
Doug LaMalfa Dave Anderson Doug Moon Hank Weston
Nate Beason Robert Bergman Cheri West Caleb Dardick Matt Green
for groundbreaking with the Bridgeport Covered Bridge behind them.
happy group bounces their shovels off the rock-hard ground.
Stabilization will soon begin -- Hurrah!!
more Save Our Bridge contributors join in.
at left: Ed Scofield Carol Scofield, at right: Susan George Terry Lampier
Committee Doug Moon concludes with the closing remarks below.
|We have accomplished
so much in almost exactly one year! And we still have much to
do! Let’s all commit to following this project through.
Stay engaged until the bridge is reopened. Make sure we are all back
here for a ribbon cutting ceremony soon! Don’t let this project fail!
Our new slogan is:
SAVE OUR BRIDGE – GET IT DONE!