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Long awaited: Restoration underway on Yachats River Covered Bridge

Yachats River Covered Bridge restoration underway. Ken Gagne photo

Yachats River Covered Bridge restoration underway.
Ken Gagne photo

Restoration of the historic covered bridge spanning the north fork of the Yachats River is underway. You can see in the photo that before they can tackle the covered bridge they’re having to build a temporary crossing immediately adjacent to it so workers, machinery and materials can be properly placed on both sides of the river – also to provide access to a home immediately north of the bridge.

The project is proceeding according to original plans, with the bulk of the necessary funds coming from a federal grant, some from ODOT and a small part from Lincoln County. A property owner just to the north of the bridge initially tried to argue that the bridge emptied out onto private property, and not a public road. But after extensive public hearings it was determined that the bridge was built with public funds and connected to a public road that was built early in the last century and remains a public road to this day.

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