Restoration work recently completed on a bridge well-used by Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hikers and equestrians on the Lassen National Forest should provide for both a more aesthetically pleasing and safer experience. The rehabilitated structure crosses the North Fork Feather River about a mile south of Domingo Springs Campground. The North Fork Feather River PCT Bridge Restoration Project, which took a crew about two weeks to finish, was completed in mid- August.
A number of repairs were made to the structure. Where broken and unstable railing had existed, railing lumber and hardware was replaced and reinforced with custom bracing. The planks spanning the deck were replaced to address tripping and falling hazards to both people and stock. On the north abutment where the fill had eroded, leaving an eight to ten inch drop from the bridge to the bank, additional aggregate was placed to minimize the drop-off. All the new lumber was treated with preservative/stain.
The work was necessary for the safety of PCT users and for the longevity of the bridge itself. It will serve as a baseline for a new maintenance schedule, which will be used to retreat the lumber and inspect the condition of the bridge every few years so that the materials will not need to be replaced again in the near future
“The area gets a good amount of snow every year, so it’s important we’re diligent about preventive maintenance on these structures. It’s a beautiful bridge in a picturesque location, and we’re lucky to have something like it on our district,” said Michelle Ahearn, Recreation Officer on the Almanor Ranger District of the Lassen National Forest.
The project was made possible through a combination of funding. Recovery Act funds were used last year to purchase materials and supplies; internal funding then paid for the Almanor District resource crew, consisting mostly of youth from the local area and Chico, to perform the work this August.
To view a photo gallery of the project, please visit the Lassen National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/lassen. You may contact Recreation Officer Michelle Ahearn at 530-258-2141 with any questions or comments concerning this project.