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Houlihan Bridge



Photo taken by Georgia Department of Transportation

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BH Photo #136077


Street Views 


Information from updated Georgia Historic Bridge Survey (GHBS):


The bridge carries a 2-lane state highway over the navigable Front River channel of the Savannah River at Port Wentworth. The bridge is on the Ocean Highway at the border of Georgia and South Carolina. SR 25 (Ocean Highway) was developed by the state highway department and the Coastal Highway District as a 155-mile long link in a chain of highways running the full length of the southern Atlantic seaboard. The route was completed by stages from north to south from 1922 to 1930, when the route had been concrete-surfaced for its entire length in Georgia. The bridge is part of a 6 bridge causeway over the Savannah River complex (051-0055-0, other bridges in SC jurisdiction) that was completed in 1922 and widened in 1954. Southwest of the bridge is a memorial plaque to the Coastal Highway. Southeast of the bridge is a boat launch and playground. The area to the north and west of the bridge is undeveloped wetlands.

Summary of Significance:

The 51 span bridge consists of a swing span bridge with thru truss superstructure and T beam approach spans. Originally constructed in 1922, the bridge had an 18'-wide roadway. In 1954 the bridge was widened by removal of the original swing span bridge and replacement with a new 12' wider structure built by the American Bridge Co. The T beam spans were retained but widened by T beam additions of 6' to each side. Original concrete balustrades were removed and replaced with standard concrete railings. The 1954 swing span bridge is technologically significant as 1 of only 2 identified swing span bridges (the other dates to 1940, 309-0016-0). It is a late example of the swing span technology, which reached its greatest period of popularity around 1900. The truss is rivet-connected with rolled steel sections.


Swing bridge on GA 25 over Savannah River at Port Wentworth
Port Wentworth, Chatham County, Georgia
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement unless a new owner relocates the bridge.
Built 1922; rehabilitated 1954
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- State Highway Department
Swing Span
Length of largest span: 119.8 ft.
Total length: 1,465.0 ft.
Deck width: 33.6 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.1 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Bridge No. 051-00025D-01986N
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.16540, -81.15478   (decimal degrees)
32°09'55" N, 81°09'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/485406/3558779 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Port Wentworth
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
GA 05100540 (Georgia bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 12533 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 43.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • May 10, 2019: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • January 17, 2019: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • April 24, 2018: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • December 7, 2017: Updated by Amber Rhea: Added information from GHBS, corrected other information
  • September 20, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 4, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • October 7, 2010: New photos from Jason Smith
  • March 26, 2009: New photo from Kim Harvey



Houlihan Bridge
Posted May 10, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Doomed unless a new owner/location is found:


Houlihan Bridge
Posted April 23, 2018, by Stan Arnold (spyderman1956 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

One of my favorite photo spots.

Houlihan Bridge
Posted September 20, 2016, by Gary Lineback (glineback [at] heath-lineback [dot] com)

This bridge was just closed and refurbished again in August 2016. Members were replaced and straightened as necessary. Due to repeated impacts the cross frames were rebuilt and raised to provide over 17' of vertical clearance. A new bridge is being designed and it is to be completely replaced in another five years.

Houlihan Bridge
Posted June 18, 2016, by Sean Blankenship (Sean_blankenship [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thy will begin construction today to raise the height of the bridge.


Houlihan Bridge
Posted October 8, 2012, by Jason Smith (jayandlayla [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The phone numbers posted on the bridge are not correct. How do I contact a bridge tender to schedule an opening?