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September 6, 2013
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Purdon Bridge opens to foot traffic

The Purdon Bridge, which has been closed since June for rehabilitation, will reopen to pedestrian traffic on Monday, County Executive Officer Rick Haffey announced.

The contractor will finish the final coat of paint and minor repairs on the historic structure on Monday, and then the bridge will be reopened to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

The contractor then will spend the next several weeks removing scaffolding and completing final “punch list” items.

Once these items are completed, the bridge will be reopened to vehicle traffic and the project will essentially be complete.

The county plans to open the bridge on or before Monday, Sept. 23.

The contractor is scheduled to complete the work at least three weeks ahead of schedule.

The bridge, originally constructed in 1895, is the oldest of the county’s 42 maintained bridges.

It is also the only known bridge of the unique half-through truss design remaining in California. The bridge provides an important link to popular recreational destinations along the Yuba River and trails within the South Yuba River State Park.

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The Union Updated Sep 6, 2013 11:22PM Published Sep 9, 2013 04:21PM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.