FOLLOW THE REBUILD
ENGINEERING PLANS COMPLETED FOR PHASE 2
Phase 1 of the Covered Bridge has been completed - foundations, abutments, columns, slope protection.
$1 MILLION RAISED!
FUNDRAISING EFFORTS CONTINUE
Engineering plans are completed for Phase 2 (floor and trusses) by Western Woods Structures of Tualitin, OR. Fundraising continues.
PHASE 1 COMPLETED!!
The total cost of the rebuild is estimated at $2.9 million, all privately funded through donations. We have raised a bit over $1 million which nearly covers our engineering plans, permits, and Phase 1 construction (foundation, pillars, and abutments), due to start this August 31. Phase 2 (flooring and trusses) will start in Spring 2021–if funding comes in. Phase 3 (siding and roof) will start in Spring 2022, pending full funding.
GROUND BREAKING WITH LOCAL
DIGNITARIES AND MEDIA
BRIDGE OWNERSHIP TRANSFERS TO HRCBA
CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON PHASE 1
New Caretaker Cottage construction completed, thanks to SBA loan and donated expertise, labor, and materials from a host of area businesses. Thanks are especially due Prof. Souder and other faculty and students from the Chico State Department of Construction Management.
NEW CARETAKER COTTAGE CONSTRUCTION COMPLETED
SPRING / SUMMER 2020
QUINCY ENGINEERING DESIGNS NEW BRIDGE
HRCBA hires Quincy Engineering of Rancho Cordova, CA, experienced bridge engineering firm with strong ties to Butte County, to create engineering plans for the Rebuild. Weekly phone/Zoom consultations begin among HRCBA, Quincy Engineering, Prof. Chris Souder, Chair of Chico State Department of Construction Management and pro bono Project Manager. After a careful search and bid process, HRCBA hires Q&D Construction of Sparks, NV as construction firm for the Rebuild. Q&D are added to weekly planning sessions. Meanwhile, several studies are conducted: geologic, hydrological, and environmental. Permits are submitted to U.S. Corps of Engineers, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California State Water Boards, and Butte County. All permits are granted in the summer. Estimated cost and schedule of of Rebuild: Phase 1 (foundations, abutments, columns, slope protection) $1.3 million (2021), Phase 2 (floor and trusses) $1 million, (2022, pending funding, Phase 3 sides and roof, $600,000 (2023 pending funding).
Butte County informed HRCBA that FEMA would only reimburse costs of reconstruction, and only then if FEMA standards and requirements were met. Butte County has no funds for reconstruction, given other critical costs of infrastructure repairs due to the Camp Fire. Consequently, HRCBA has begun discussions with Butte County staff about obtaining 1) the County deed to the right-of-way across Butte Creek where the Covered Bridge had stood, and 2) eventual HRCBA ownership of the reconstructed Covered Bridge. This will require the Covered Bridge rebuild to be funded with private donations.
At a meeting January 9, 2019 among 25 individuals with various interests in the Covered Bridge, two decisions were made. First, we decided, working together, we would do all possiable to rebuild the Bridge, maintaining its original design and appearance with necessary safety standard upgrades. Second, we agreed to endorse Butte County’s effort to seek Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding. This seemed appropriate since Butte County had owned the Covered Bridge since its construction in 1887, with the adjacent Covered Bridge Park owned and managed since its inception in 1965 by the non-profit Honey Run Covered Bridge Association.
Quincy Engineering of Rancho Cordova, an experienced bridge engineering firm with strong Butte County ties, has provided to HRCBA, pro bono, outlines of a plan to rebuild the Bridge. Northstar of Chico has donated surveys. Quincy Engineering presented a cost analysis totaling $3 million, an amount that could be offset with donated materials and labor. Additional expenses will be incurred from repairing and upgrading the adjacent Honey Run Covered Bridge Park. Already, $300,000 has come to HRCBA through merchandise sales, individual donations, small grants, and pledges.
BRIDGE DESTROYED BY CAMP FIRE
REBUILD EFFORTS BEGIN