Bodie Road Improvements – Bridgeport CA

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Description

In 1937-38, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) improved the road to Bodie CA (now CA 270) south of Bridgeport.  Bodie is a relic of a 19th century gold mining boom that had become a ghost town by the mid 20th century.  It was made a California State Park in 1962.  Highway 270 is closed in winter because Bodie stands at over 8,000 feet.

The WPA project card in the National Archives states:
“Improve Bridgeport – Bodie Road, near Bridgeport, in Mono County, by clearing and grubbing, excavating and filling, installing culverts, surfacing, grading and sloping, and performing appurtenant work. Not a part of the Federal Aid Highway System.” 

The project employed 80 men on average and took 11568 man hours and 10 months to complete,  at a total Federal and local cost of $8,852.

California 270 has been widened and repaved over time by CalTrans.

Project Details

Federal Cost Local Cost Total Cost Project #'s
8852 WPA project No. 465-3-1-50

Source notes

WPA project No. 465-3-1-50 card found at Fresno Public Library, San Joaquin Valley Heritage & Genealogy Center

Project originally submitted by Andrew Laverdiere on January 25, 2018.
Additional contributions by Richard A Walker.

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Location Info


CA-270
Bridgeport, CA 93517

Coordinates: 38.1753802, -119.19473449999998

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