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Smith-McGee Bridge


Aerial View From South Carolina Towards Georgia, Showing Approach

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #181456


Street View 


Camelback through truss bridge over Savannah River on GA 181
Hart County, Georgia, and Anderson County, South Carolina
Bridge still exists but with the eastern span removed for boat traffic
Built in 1922 as a toll bridge; Tolls removed in 1926; Replaced in 1983 with a new bridge but left in place for pedestrians.
Camelback through truss
Length of largest span: 178.0 ft.
Total length: 680.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.7 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.32433, -82.79146   (decimal degrees)
34°19'28" N, 82°47'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/335184/3799571 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hartwell Dam
Inventory number
BH 46426 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 22, 2013: New photos from Michael Miller
  • October 16, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Other Location" as middle span barely crosses state/county line
  • February 8, 2011: New Street View added by James McCray
  • October 7, 2010: Added by Jason Smith


  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • HAER GA-39 - Smith-McGee Bridge
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Michael Miller - michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com


Smith-McGee Bridge
Posted October 26, 2019, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

In picture 17 it appears that railroad rail was cut and used as reinforcement for the bridge deck. I wish I was there so I could get a closer look.

Smith-McGee Bridge
Posted October 23, 2019, by RICHARD FLEMING (richardsframe [at] gmail [dot] com)

The section that was taken out was by a dump truck that didn't lower his dump. It was still attached after he went in the water. The section of bridge fell into the river when the crane was trying to retrieved the truck. I was standing on the bridge as a spectator (Ga side), the whole bridge almost collapsed. Like I said I almost had a heart attack running off the bridge.

Smith-McGee Bridge
Posted November 7, 2014, by Frank Taylor (ivaf100 [at] msn [dot] com)

Pictures 1&3 are incorrectly captioned. The view shown is actually looking from the Georgia side to the South Carolina side. The bridge approach from Georgia is straight and there was a curve and road intersection (state rd. S 4-555) near the end of the bridge on the SC side. They are visible in the pictures. The bridge did collapse when an empty dump truck, with it's dump body still raised, hit the overhead structure. The driver died.

Smith-McGee Bridge
Posted March 24, 2011, by Anonymous

Sounds like an "eye for an eye", that's what he gets.

Smith-McGee Bridge
Posted March 22, 2011, by James Young (sportsmans1stop [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge was to remain standing...but a dump truck helping with the new bridge hit it with the bed up and it collapsed. Sadly the driver didn't survive.

Smith-McGee Bridge
Posted February 9, 2011, by Matthew Lohry

I would have thought that removing the center span would be the most effective option...usually, the center of the river is the deepest (and safest for river traffic), and two pedestrian and fishing piers could have been converted from the two end spans.

Smith-McGee Bridge
Posted February 9, 2011, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

You know, come to think of it, if GaDOT had really wanted to remove a section of bridge to keep the people off, couldn't they have removed the westernmost span instead and converted the eastern span into a pier and tourist attraction? That looks really dorky the way it looks right now.....


Smith-McGee Bridge
Posted February 8, 2011, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The bridge was listed as lost on this website, but from google earth and street view, the bridge still exists. The easternmost span has been removed, but the rest of the bridge is still there. I have updated the status to reflect this.