Aerial View From South Carolina Towards Georgia, Showing Approach
Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record
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BH Photo #181456
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.
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.
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.
Sounds like an "eye for an eye", that's what he gets.
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.
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.
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.....
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.