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Georgia DOT Bridge No. 051-00025D-01986N, US 17 & State Route 25 Spanning Savannah River, Port Wentworth, Chatham County, GA

Georgia DOT Bridge No. 051-00025D-01986N, US 17 & State Route 25 Spanning Savannah River, Port Wentworth, Chatham County, GA

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Significance: Georgia DOT Bridge No. 051-00025D-01986N (James P. Houlihan Bridge) was originally constructed in 1922, and was a manually operated steel truss turn-span type bridge. In 1954, the bridge underwent several alterations, one of which included the addition of motors, controls and wiring to provide a mechanical means of operating the turn-span mechanism. This bridge is a late example of swing span technology, and one of only two remaining swing span bridges in the State of Georgia. It is significant for its design, materials and workmanship, and for its role in the development of transportation and commerce in Chatham County.
Survey number: HAER GA-114
Building/structure dates: 1922 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1954 Subsequent Work



Historic American Engineering Record, creator
State Highway Department, Bridge Office
Georgia Department of Transportation
Cotton, Lauren A, historian
Fowler, Sam, photographer


Port Wentworth (Ga.)32.14909, -81.16317
Google Map of 32.149092, -81.163168


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