‘A place of connection’: State Parks celebrates rehabbed Bridgeport Covered Bridge (VIDEO/PHOTO GALLERY)

The first members of the public — student artists who helped the Save Our Bridge campaign — are allowed across the recently restored Bridgeport Covered Bridge during Thursday’s grand reopening. The bridge was closed to foot traffic in 2011, when efforts to restore and raise the bridge began.

A Nevada County resident walked across the Bridgeport Covered Bridge — legally — for the first time in a decade Thursday afternoon.

According to Save Our Bridge’s Doug Moon, the $6.9 million rehabilitation project has finally come to a close, with $545,000 coming from the federal government’s Department of Transportation, $40,000 through local fundraising efforts and the remainder covered by the state.

The 1862 Bridgeport Covered Bridge was re-opened on Thursday November 4, to foot traffic following a ten year closure due to restoration and raising.

‘A place of connection’: State Parks celebrates rehabbed Bridgeport Covered Bridge (VIDEO/PHOTO GALLERY)

The restored 1862 Bridgeport Covered Bridge was reopened Thursday afternoon for the first time to foot traffic after a 10-year, multi-million dollar restoration process.

‘A place of connection’: State Parks celebrates rehabbed Bridgeport Covered Bridge (VIDEO/PHOTO GALLERY)

Prominent advocates for the restoration of the Bridgeport Covered Bridge, including members of the community and politicians, were presented with commemorative shingles saved from before the restoration.

‘A place of connection’: State Parks celebrates rehabbed Bridgeport Covered Bridge (VIDEO/PHOTO GALLERY)

Sue-Dee Fowler and her son Richard Fowler cross the Bridgeport Covered Bridge for the first time since its restoration.

‘A place of connection’: State Parks celebrates rehabbed Bridgeport Covered Bridge (VIDEO/PHOTO GALLERY)

Members of the community take in the unique architecture of the Bridgeport Covered Bridge as they are the first to be allowed across the bridge in 10 years during Thursday’s grand reopening.

‘A place of connection’: State Parks celebrates rehabbed Bridgeport Covered Bridge (VIDEO/PHOTO GALLERY)

The completed restoration of the 1862 Bridgeport Covered Bridge means people can walk across the bridge from the main parking areas to access the Kneebone Ranch again.