The old Yachats covered bridge on the north fork of the Yachats River will be getting another renovation thanks to federal stimulus money, roughly $600,000. Another $60,000 will have to come from county coffers as “match” for the grant. County money will come out of the road fund.
The grant requirement is that the bridge’s top and bottom cord members and members at the connections will be replaced. Crews will install new hanger rods, replace siding, install new timber deck, fumigate it,install bridge rail and put a new roof on it. And when all that’s done, paint it.
The covered bridge was erected in 1938 at a cost to Lincoln County of $1,500. It was rehabilitated in 1989 when crews replaced trusses, approaches, put on a new roof and siding.
The bridge lies just seven miles east of what was originally called “Oceanview” in 1880. The name of the community was changed to Yachats in 1916 to honor a local Native American tribe. When translated, the word “Yachats” means at the foot of the mountain.Share on Facebook