Talmadge Memorial Bridge

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Talmadge Memorial Bridge and US Highway 17, Savannah, GA, USA

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The Talmadge Bridge over the Savannah River Apr 06, 2012
The Talmadge Memorial Bridge spans the Savannah River between downtown and Hutchinson Island to the north. The cable stayed bridge opened in 1990, replacing an earlier bridge at the same location. The present bridge has a main span of 1100 feet (335 m) and a total length of 1.9 miles, (3.06 km). The bridge carries US Highway 17 with four lanes for vehicular traffic.

The bridge is named for Eugene Talmadge, a governor of Georgia in the 1930s and 1940s. The new bridge was built to permit higher clearance for ships entering the Port of Savannah. But, it has led to development of The Savannah International Trade and Convention Center and the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort on Hutchinson Island.

The bridge provides a striking backdrop to the Savannah River when viewed from River Street. (There is also a great view of Savannah when driving across the bridge, but you can't stop to take it in!) US Highway 17 is also an alternate route to I-95 when entering or leaving Savannah from or to points to the north. (The highway crosses into South Carolina and joins Interstate I-95 at Hardeeville.)

Charleston and Savannah enjoy a rivalry over their landmark bridges. (The Ravenal Bridge is longer.)
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