The Eugene Talmadge Bridge

The old bridge over this important cargo port on The Savannah River at this point, a cantilever type constructed bridge, had become a hazard to shipping, too low to let large ships reach the port facilities upriver. With piers in the channel that had twice been hit by ships, the consensus among the experts became the appropriate solution was a new cable-stayed bridge, 185 feet above the water (50 feet more than the old bridge) and with both towers on solid ground. Construction on a new bridge named after former Georgia Governor, Eugene Talmadge, was completed in 1991.

The new Talmadge Memorial cable-stayed bridge replaced the old cantilever truss bridge. The new bridge provides 185 ft., 56.4 m. of vertical navigational clearance. With a main span of 1100 ft., 335 m. and a total length of 1.9 miles, 3.06 km., the new Talmadge Memorial Bridge carries 4 lanes of traffic over the Savannah River with great beauty and style. For views of the Savannah River,  go to the Savannah Cams website for real time views at the top of the bridge to monitor Savannah River traffic: