The Nevada County Department of Public Works is currently studying whether to rehabilitate and strengthen the existing one lane Edwards Crossing over South Yuba River or construct a new two lane bridge adjacent to the existing bridge. The goal of this project is to provide a crossing with no structural deficiencies and with sufficient load capacity to support emergency fire protection vehicles, while minimizing impact to the aesthetic and historical characteristics of the bridge.
The bridge is located at North Bloomfield Road and spans the South Yuba River in the South Yuba Wild and Scenic River Recreation Area, which encompasses the national South Yuba River Trail.
The Edwards Crossing Bridge spanning over the South Yuba River was built in 1904. The bridge is a steel truss arch with a timber deck supported on concrete piers. The bridge has a total length of 168'-0" and a width of 12'-6". The bridge is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
The structure is currently rated Structurally Deficient. The paint on the bridge has deteriorated, leading to surface rusting. The existing railing has been damaged at various locations. There are deficiencies in the existing timber deck, including cracks and missing hardware.
Scope of Project
As part of this project the following items will be addressed and options considered:
- Repairing the existing bridge deck
- Repairing damaged railing
- Strengthening existing concrete truss supports
- Stabilizing approach embankments
- Restoring paint to its original historic color
- Construct a new 2-lane bridge upstream from the existing bridge
- Retain existing bridge for pedestrian use and historic preservation
- Add a parking area
Rehabilitate and Strengthen Option
Bridge Replacement Option
Schedule/Status of Project
|December 2014||Contract awarded to Dokken Engineering to study design alternatives and environmental approval|
|April 2015||Surveying of road & creek|
|Summer 2017||Temporary slope stabilization|
|June 2017||Complete Feasibility Study of Options|
|August 2017||Finalize rehabiliation concept|
|August 2017||Public Meeting August 30, 2017 - 6pm to 8pm at Board Chambers|
|September 2017||Begin environmental studies|
|February 2019||Receive environmental approval|
|May 2020||Begin construction|
|November 2020||Complete construction|
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