Talmadge Memorial Bridge
|Talmadge Memorial Bridge|
|Carries||US 17 / SR 404 Spur|
|Official name||Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge|
|Maintained by||Georgia Department of Transportation|
|Total length||1.9 miles (3.06 km)|
|Longest span||1,100 feet (335 m)|
|Clearance below||185 feet|
Completed in March 1991, the new Talmadge Memorial cable-stayed bridge replaced the old Talmadge cantilever truss bridge (built in 1953), 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.
Tribute to Eugene Talmadge
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 185 feet (56 m) of vertical navigational clearance for oceangoing vessels. Its horizontal clearance is 1,023 feet (312 m), with both main piers located on the north and south banks of the Savannah River. With a main span of 1,100 feet (340 m) and a total length of 1.9 miles (3.1 km), 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.
Comparison with Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge and the Sidney Lanier Bridge
The proximity and rivalry between Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah and Brunswick often lead to comparisons between the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge, the Sidney Lanier Bridge, and the Talmadge Memorial Bridge. Completed in 2005, the clearance under the Arthur Ravenel, Jr., Bridge is actually only 1 foot (0.30 m) taller than both the Sidney Lanier Bridge and the Talmadge Memorial Bridge. Unlike the Sidney Lanier Bridge and the Talmadge Memorial Bridge, however, the Ravenel Bridge has eight travel lanes; the Talmadge and the Sidney Lanier 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 Sidney Lanier Bridge is 1,250 feet (380 m). The Talmadge Memorial Bridge is 1,100 feet (340 m).
As for the total length of the three bridges, the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge is 13,200 feet (4.0 km). The Sidney Lanier Bridge is 7,779 feet (2,371 m). The Talmadge Memorial Bridge is 10,032 feet (3.058 km), or 1.9 miles (3.1 km).
- Eugene Talmadge Bridge, Georgia @ SouthEastRoads.com - U.S. Highway 17
- Media related to Talmadge Memorial Bridge at Wikimedia Commons