Bodie Road near Bridgeport CA
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.
|Federal Cost||Local Cost||Total Cost||Project #'s|
|8852||WPA project No. 465-3-1-50|
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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