Construction to begin at Camden State Park

Bridges to be replaced over Redwood River

Visitors at Camden State Park can expect parts of the park to be closed temporarily during upcoming bridge construction projects. 

Work to replace three bridges on Lyon County Road 83, which runs through Camden State Park, is set to begin on Monday, Oct. 9, and is scheduled to be complete before June 1, 2018. While County Road 83 is closed for construction, there will be no access to the park’s beach, north picnic area and lower campground.

The outdated bridges were deemed structurally deficient and will be replaced with higher and longer bridges, eliminating bottlenecks the old bridges created during high water events along the Redwood River.

The bridges will not only improve safety and river flows, but will also be aesthetically pleasing, fitting in with the overall look of the park.

“The stone imprint designs that are planned on the bridge abutments will look consistent with many of the park’s structures that are made of stone,” said Camden State Park Manager Bill Dinesen. Those structures were built in the 1930s by Veterans Conservation Corp workers.

The three bridges slated for replacement were moved to Camden State Park between 1986 and 1990, however the bridges were used elsewhere when they were first built in 1925 and 1931.