As you can see, the old Yachats River Covered Bridge is back to looking much like a restored version of its old self. They tore the old gal down to bare everything with only a wisp of two walls still standing. Workers went about restoring the historical landmark to its original configuration.
The bridge was built originally in 1938 and was last restored in 1989. The current restoration began several months ago after a spirited disagreement between the county public works department and the adjacent property owner who claimed the bridge emptied out onto her private property. County Commissioners disagreed and said that the bridge touched a public road on the north side of the crossing and said the road extends past her house and up into the woods – even has a name as given decades ago – Forest Road 5590 which wound its way through the woods, past several homes and a lumber handling area back in the days when there was lots of logging going on in the area.
The renovation of the Yachats River Bridge is expected to be completed by the end of November. If you want to drive through it, go on through but on the other side, the road ends by a very close by-house and you have to turn around in the drive and head back through the bridge.
The sticker price on the renovation is $820,000 with some coming from the county. The county’s other covered bridge restoration is going on at the Chitwood Bridge off Highway 20 near Eddyville.