Talmadge Memorial Bridge, Savannah

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The Talmadge Memorial Bridge is a bridge in the United States spanning the Savannah River between downtown Savannah, Georgia, and Hutchinson Island. It carries US 17/SR 404 Spur.
Completed in March 1991, the new Talmadge Memorial cable-stayed bridge replaced the old Talmadge cantilever truss bridge, which had become a danger for large ships entering the Port of Savannah, home to the largest single ocean container terminal on the U.S. eastern seaboard, and the nation's fourth-busiest seaport.
The structure is dedicated to Eugene Talmadge, who served as the Democratic Governor of Georgia in 1933-37 and 1941-43.
The new bridge was originally named for the Native American Creek leader Tomochichi, an important figure in Savannah's founding in 1733. After public forums on the issue, the original name was restored for the new structure. Many of the piers (vertical supports) of the original Talmadge bridge still stand and can be seen in the photo on the left.
The new bridge provides 185ft of vertical navigational clearance for oceangoing vessels. Its horizontal clearance is 1023ft, with both main piers located on the north and south banks of the Savannah River. With a main span of 1100ft and a total length of 1.9mi, the new Talmadge Memorial carries four lanes of traffic. The north end of the bridge ends on Hutchinson Island, an island situated between the Savannah River and the Back River. A separate, older, two-lane bridge spans Back River, connecting Hutchinson Island with Jasper County, South Carolina.
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  • On the way back from Orlando Florida we wanted to visit the Bitty and Beaus coffee shop in the historic district of Savannah Georgia. So that took us off of Interstate 95. After leaving the...  more »
  • When you want to visit Savannah by car the best view can be found using the Talmadge Memorial Bridge. You will find a great view of the City on the way into the city center.  more »
  • Wonderful view!!!!! I took a sunset cruise down the Savannah River with my family and it was a beautiful experience. The next time I would like to drive over the bridge for the breath taking view
  • Beautiful bridge spanning the two rivers. Its interesting seeing the ocean vessels going underneath and down the river.

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