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This Day in Georgia History

October 04, 1925

Savannah River Bridge Opened

The Savannah River Bridge opened providing traffic on U.S. 17 (popularly known as the Coastal Highway) with a new crossing over the Savannah River between South Carolina and Georgia. The bridge was located upstream from Savannah at Port Wenworth and was important because there was no bridge crossing from Savannah into South Carolina. U.S. 17 stretched from the Washington, D.C. area southward along the coast of the Carolinas and Georgia to Jacksonville, finally ending at Punta Gorda on the western coast of Florida south of Sarasota. The 1925 bridge was the major crossing of the Savannah River south of Augusta until completion of U.S. 17 Alternate and the much larger Eugene Talmadge Bridge in 1954. U.S. 17 Alternate provided a short cut, connecting with U.S. 17 near downtown Savannah.