Soda Springs Road Bridge at South Yuba River


The Nevada County Department of Public Works is proposing to replace the existing South Yuba River at Soda Springs Road Bridge. The new bridge and approaches would be designed to current standards and would provide additional width for pedestrians.

The bridge provides access to the Soda Springs Ski Resort, Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort, the Serene Lakes subdivision, and the Tahoe National Forest.

Bridge History

The Soda Springs Road Bridge spanning over the South Yuba River was built in 1965 to replace a timber structure. It has two 15-foot spans for a total length of 30 feet and is 28.6 feet wide. It has steel stringers with a reinforced concrete deck on reinforced concrete piers.

The structure is currently rated Structurally Deficient and the roadway is substandard. The deck is currently rated Condition 2 (critical condition). The railing is damaged and is substandard for this location. The AC approaches are also deteriorated.

Scope of Project

As part of this project the following items will be addressed:

  • Replacing the existing bridge with a wider bridge to bring the bridge structure and the width up to current standards
  • Eliminating the pier in the river
  • Providing bridge railing per current standards
  • Providing a temporary detour during the bridge construction
  • Improving road approaches while maintaining the current roadway alignment
  • The construction season will be as directed in the environmental document

Schedule/Status of Project

December 2014Contract awarded to Dokken Engineering to study design alternatives and environmental approval
January 2015Begin environmental studies
April 2015Surveying of road & creek
May 2015Begin project design
Summer 2017Receive environmental approval
Summer 2017Begin right-of-way phase
Winter 2020Advertise project
Spring 2021Begin construction
Fall 2021Complete construction

Project Documents

Soda Springs Road Bridge Final IS/MND Report

For more information, please contact:

Patrick Perkins
(530) 265-1712