Roseville's Historic Ice House Bridge to be restoredBy: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
One of the most iconic bridges in Roseville is the Rube Nelson Ice House Bridge, which connects Royer Park to downtown Roseville near the Washington/Oak roundabout.
On Sept. 14, the city of Roseville moved the historic Ice House Bridge with a large crane.
It was a sight to see, according to Roseville’s marketing and communications analyst Helen Dyda .
The bridge is currently resting in the adjacent parking lot on Oak Street for restoration and repairs. When completed, the bridge will be repositioned so it connects two segments of the bike trail across Dry Creek.
Bridge refurbishment and construction of the Downtown Bridges and Trail Project will continue through fall 2019, according to Dyda.
“The bridge was originally constructed in 1925. (The Pacific Fruit Express) employees used the bridge to travel to work at the largest ice house in the world,” Dyda said.
The bridge was moved to its current location in 1986, according to Dyda. The city has conducted necessary routine maintenance and repaired bridge decking over the years, as needed.
Roseville Historical Society President Christina Richter praised the project because it is preserving history.
“Roseville has a history that we can be proud of and this is an excellent example of preserving and protecting that history,” Richter said.
The Downtown Bridges and Trails Project is primarily funded by grants and fee-based funding that cannot be used for services such as public safety, libraries and other general government activities, according to city officials. No General Funds from the budget are contributing to this project.