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Posted by: thepinetree on 04/16/2018 05:25 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 04/16/2018 08:02 PM
Expires: 01/01/2023 12:00 AM

White Pines Pedestrian Bridge ~ Jon W. Faust

Arnold, CA...Many have dreamed and tried to make the White Pines Pedestrian Bridge a reality over the years only to be met with futility, like myself. I envisioned a bridge, many years ago, that would complete the loop rather than forcing people down the treacherous path behind the spillway. It would also make the new bridge trail handicap accessible. Many people won’t walk around the lake, especially seniors, due to the risk of injury behind the spillway. I started doing research within the last few years and I spoke to Berha Underhill, district 3 board of directors for CCWD, and she thought it was a marvelous idea as it would increase tourism and provide additional economic stimulus to Arnold since the Meadowmont Golf Course closed. White Pines Lake has become a hidden gem in Arnold, although most people don’t utilize it other than tourists from the valley and the bay area. And isn’t Arnold heavily dependent on tourism? There was also a rumor that the Forest Service was going to build a pedestrian bridge downstream from the spillway, although it would not elevate the treacherous trail behind the spillway and force people onto the heavily traveled Forest Service road. After speaking to the Forest Service, they said they had no plans to build such a bridge.

Murphys Bridge

Sutter Creek Bridge

Proposed White Pines Bridge

I contacted the Bureau of Dams a few years ago and spoke to an engineer who said it was fine to construct a pedestrian bridge at that time, and it would span right in front of the spillway that would connect the dam to the trail. I have a background in construction and disaster damage assessments from working with the Federal Government. I looked at wooden bridges, which are quite aesthetic and give a natural look, but which would require maintenance. Then I saw the oxidized steel bridges situated at Lake Alpine and Jackson. I contacted an architect and she created a bridge model to span from the dam to the trail. I started speaking to a lot of people about the proposed bridge to see what their opinion was. Most people I spoke to were from the bay area and embraced the idea, asking how they could help. I stated that I would set up a gofundme page to pay for the bridge, and then everyone could be part of it rather than a few private donors. I said to watch out for it on

After the bridge modeling was done I incorporated it into a proposal for CCWD and took it to Joel Metzger, CCWD’s spokesman, in early December. We talked in the lobby for a few minutes; he was excited at the prospect and felt that the gofundme page would fund rather quickly. As we spoke an engineer came into the lobby. Joel showed the proposal to him and he said it looked good but might require a center support instead of an arch. The proposal included the dimensions of six feet wide and one hundred and forty-three feet long, with a proposed cost of 50k to 100k that would be 100 percent funded by the community, and would cover all costs including donated labor, materials, insurance, volunteers and permits.

It would also be fun to have an Annual 4th of July Bridge Fest 5k,10k run around the White Pines Lake, that encompasses the pedestrian bridge, as a fundraiser for the White Pine Park Association since they struggle with funding to keep the park operating.

Several weeks passed and I received a letter from Dave Eggerton, General Manager of CCWD. He thanked me for the proposal, BUT he said CCWD would have to decline the proposal due to the permitting process with state and federal bureaucracies. How interesting, I thought, but isn’t this part of the General Manager’s job description to push proposals through state and federal bureaucracies?

I came to the conclusion that it would take the communities’ backing by sending a letter to Mr. Eggerton in support of the White Pines Pedestrian Bridge, unless one of the District 3 supervisor candidates sees the need for economic stimulus in Arnold – upon which they all seem clueless based on the last debate at Blue Lake Springs - and jump on the bandwagon to get it approved rather than being sold empty promises again!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-04-16 17:39:54   By: Anonymous
I agree our Supervisor, whoever that becomes, and CCWD should push the permitting. And I think the money could be raised.

I'd hate to see it need a central support. Even if it costs more, better to make a beautiful single span than an ugly bridge with a middle post.

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    Posted on: 2018-04-16 19:52:15   By: Anonymous
    I think it is a wonderful idea. We need to pressure the Supervisors to start the process.

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    Posted on: 2018-04-17 04:57:47   By: Anonymous
    a bridge to far

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-04-16 18:43:32   By: Anonymous
This is why old people need to stay away from photoshop.

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    Re: DougAss
    Posted on: 2018-04-16 19:44:33   By: Anonymous

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      Re: Douglas has to say.
      Posted on: 2018-04-16 19:54:33   By: Anonymous
      Hogs. Yeah know. Harley out of season,they thought it was gonna be treason.Hogs that didn't like water overspilling and split the scene like a jelly bean. And I gues there's more to it.
      I'm still splitting cedar for free. Had to take it all for my mom and Pops. Hopefully someone wont drive up the driveway and take the heart the owners decided to keep.Just becuase they wern't thinking about what they believed in....and so on.
      Pictures of bridges and our water rights arn't all ours. Toloumne county has another firm that handles thier water. Ad SMUD the Amodor way over to Folsom has a terretorial water rights discussion to make. Guess the rest. what do I know anyway?

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        Re: Douglas has to say.
        Posted on: 2018-04-16 20:03:06   By: Anonymous
        All I can say is:
        Isn't that lovely?

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The most beautiful is in nature.
Posted on: 2018-04-16 20:11:42   By: Anonymous
The simple beautiful natural things are much more lovely than all the building. Murphy's is a good example. It was once mostly a large beautiful high mountain grassy meadow. There were mostly small and fitting homes around it. Now it is covered with building and looks like most any town today. Not having a strict community plan to try and keep it looking historic was and is a big mistake. There are several houses built there that look like they should be in New Mexico.

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What next
Posted on: 2018-04-16 20:40:53   By: Anonymous
Hey, maybe you could design a Gondola next. You know, to get the disabled up there too.

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Great idea-thank you!
Posted on: 2018-04-16 20:49:23   By: Anonymous
Thank you for all your hard work and planning on this. I will write a letter in support of your idea.
-White Pines Old Timer

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    Re: Great idea-thank you!
    Posted on: 2018-04-16 21:39:14   By: Anonymous
    As you can tell he reading the story the City Slickers (Bay Area) are the ones supporting this. They move up here and begin to change the quiet life the locals have. The City Slickers think the locals are backwards and should change their lives so the Slickers can feel more at home and extra special.

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      Re: Great idea-thank you!
      Posted on: 2018-04-17 08:21:10   By: Anonymous
      Well, most of the true locals are pretty backwards. And impoverished. I for one am glad that there are tourists bringing money and a little sophistication into Arnold and White Pines.

      Think about it: The drug dealers and petty thieves usually turn out to be locals. That's why the Sheriff always knows exactly who they are looking for.

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    Re: Great idea-thank you!
    Posted on: 2018-04-16 21:42:50   By: Anonymous
    If you're his supporter and that guy's an athlete, doesn't that make you an athletic supporter?

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      Re: Great idea-thank you!
      Posted on: 2018-04-17 00:52:04   By: Anonymous
      You've got a good point there.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-04-16 21:51:13   By: Anonymous
Nobody cares about your leisure bridge when this county needs real bridges. You're the reason people hate boomers.

The Murphys bridge is great. It was an Eagle Scout project, with a lot of private financing. You want a leisure bridge in White Pines? Pay for it yourself.

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    Posted on: 2018-04-17 00:55:14   By: Anonymous
    ...or steal one from Duluth.

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      Re: Hitler did stuff like this.
      Posted on: 2018-04-17 01:50:06   By: Anonymous
      White Pines needs a simple bridge?
      Post a whole lot pretty pictures of a worthless footbridge.
      While we still get 1/2 a bridge.
      And no plans on the horizon for a permanent bridge.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-04-17 04:50:33   By: Anonymous
So in other words Mr Eggerton did not want to do a Damn thing that would require him to do any type of work or help the community in anyway what so ever?
Isn't that typical? And CCWD wonders why people hate them so much, it's not too difficult to understand why, when looking sorry, lazy, POS who would not even pick up a pen or make a call, but I'm sure he's first in line to get his bloated pay check.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-04-17 05:22:55   By: Anonymous
What a day to push another boondoggle.

So, the state gets out its gun and says "Gimme your money so I can build a bridge to nowhere....".

Yeah like the train to nowhere that no one uses, or the empty busses running on 49...

Now, if some people want to voluntarily pool their money then fine, but I doubt very much this is what the backers have in mind.

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White Pines Bridge
Posted on: 2018-04-17 07:04:10   By: Anonymous
If each foot of a bridge adds that much more to the cost including middle supports, why not build it over the actual spillway at the top of the ramp (with good railings or fencing to discourage the adventurous less smart to jump off)? Some of the engineering is already started with walls on both sides and it could be a shorter span. Of course, if we only had some bug killed lumber around Arnold to use for the footbed

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-04-17 11:44:09   By: Anonymous
Our bridge happened in Murphys only because an Eagle Scout candidate took it on as his project and our community rallied behind him, including with donations.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-04-17 16:39:30   By: Anonymous
We need a monorail, too

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