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Sidney Lanier Bridge

US Highway 17

Brunswick GA

The Sidney Lanier Bridge seems to have become a favored exercise course of many walkers and joggers. People can be seen gathering at the North foot of the bridge each morning. (9/28/2006)

The original Sidney Lanier Bridge opened on June 22, 1956. The bridge is named for Sidney Clopton Lanier. It was Georgia's last lift-span type of bridge.

The bridge was designed by the consulting firm Sverdrup and Parcel. The center span of the bridge is lifted from each end providing 139 feet of vertical clearance and horizontal clearance of 295 feet. Unfortunately this prohibited the Port of Brunswick from receiving larger cargo ships. More tragically, the limited horizontal clearance and the low level of the unmovable approach spans have played a role in two ship collisions with the loss of ten lives. The nature of a lift span system means that as ships pass through, roadway traffic on the bridge must come to a halt. With an average of 20 ships passing per day, the bridge was closed to traffic for a significant part of each day.

At 31.1235 -81.4816 a plaque reads:

This cable stayed bridge was constructed from 1995 to 2003. The bridge stretches for a distance of 7,780 feet with the main cable stayed span lengths of 625 feet - 1,250 feet - 625 feet. This provides a horizontal navigational clearance of 1,038 feet and a vertical clearance of 185 feet for shipping for the Port City of Brunswick. The bridge was constructed under the Truman - Hobbs Act, jointly funded by the Georgia Department of Transportation and the United States Coast Guard.

Steve Reynolds - Chairman, Georgia D.O.T. Board J. Tom Coleman, Jr. - Commissioner, Georgia D.O.T. Sonny Perdue - Governor, State of Georgia Admiral Thomas H. Collins - Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Harvey E. Johnson - Director of Operations, Policy Directorate U.S. Coast Guard N.E. Mpras - Chief, Office of Bridge Administration, U.S. Coast Guard

Designer, Approach Spans - Georgia D.O.T. Designer, Main Spans - Dr. Man-Chung Tang, T.Y. Lin, International Contractor, Approach Spans - Rosiek Construction Company Contractor, Main Spans - Recchi - GLF Joint Venture

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