Sidney Lanier Bridge
|Sidney Lanier Bridge|
The two pylons of the Sidney Lanier Bridge
|Official name||Sidney Lanier Bridge|
|Maintained by||Georgia Department of Transportation|
|Total length||7,779 ft (2371 m)|
|Width||79.5 ft (24 m)|
|Longest span||1,250 feet (381 m)|
|Clearance below||185 feet|
The Sidney Lanier Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge that spans the Brunswick River in Brunswick, Georgia, carrying four lanes of U.S. Route 17. The current bridge was built as a replacement to the original vertical-lift bridge which was twice struck by ships. It is currently the longest-spanning bridge in Georgia and is 480 feet (150 m) tall. It is also the seventy-sixth largest cable-stayed bridge in the world. It was named for poet Sidney Lanier. Each year (usually in February), there is the "Bridge Run" sponsored by Southeast Georgia Health System when the south side of the bridge is closed to traffic and people register to run (or walk) the bridge.
The approach spans were constructed by Rosiek Construction Company, Inc. of Arlington, Texas. The 180 feet (55 m) long concrete beams set were the longest ever set in the US at the time. The main span was constructed by the Joint Venture of Recchi America, Inc. and GLF Construction Co. under JV Project Manager Brian West and General Superintendent Richard Broggi.
The bridge hosts the N4XGI amateur radio repeater on the top of one of its pillars.
The original Sidney Lanier Bridge was opened June 22, 1956, and was built by Sverdrup & Parcel, the same firm that designed the I-35W Mississippi River bridge which collapsed catastrophically in 2007. On November 7, 1972 the ship African Neptune struck the bridge, causing parts of the bridge to collapse and causing several cars to fall into the water. Ten deaths were caused by the accident. On May 3, 1987 the bridge was again struck by a ship, this time by the Polish freighter Ziemia Bialostocka.
Comparison with Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge and the Talmadge Memorial Bridge
The proximity and rivalry between Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah and Brunswick often lead to comparisons between the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge, the Talmadge Memorial Bridge, and the Sidney Lanier Bridge. Completed in 2005, the clearance under the Arthur Ravenel, Jr., Bridge is actually only one foot taller than that of both the Talmadge Memorial Bridge and the Sidney Lanier Bridge. Unlike the Talmadge Memorial Bridge and the Sidney Lanier Bridge, however, the Ravenel Bridge has eight travel lanes; the Talmadge and the Sidney both have just four lanes. The Ravenel also features a dedicated bike/pedestrian lane.
As for the span of the three bridges, the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge is 1,546 feet (471 m). The Talmadge Memorial Bridge is 1,100 feet (340 m). The Sidney Lanier Bridge is 1,250 feet (380 m).
As for the total length of the three bridges, The Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge is 13,200 feet (4,000 m). The Talmadge Memorial Bridge is 1.9 miles (3.1 km). The Sidney Lanier Bridge is 7,779 feet (2,371 m).
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