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Jefferson Davis Memorial Bridge



From the Georgia side

Photo taken by James F. Gentner in January 2009


BH Photo #132379



Deck plate girder swing bridge over Savannah River on 5th Street in Augusta
Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia, and Aiken County, South Carolina
Intact but closed to all traffic in May 2020; being converted to pedestrian bridge
Built 1931
Deck plate girder
Length of largest span: 119.8 ft.
Total length: 1,201.8 ft.
Deck width: 21.7 ft.
Listed as a contributing resource to the Augusta Downtown Historic District
Also called
5th Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+33.47650, -81.95704   (decimal degrees)
33°28'35" N, 81°57'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/411079/3704523 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Augusta East
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
Inventory numbers
GA 24500940 (Georgia bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 38525 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 11.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 5, 2020: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • January 11, 2018: Updated by Amber Rhea: Added NR eligibility
  • January 22, 2016: New photos from Martha Carver
  • January 14, 2009: Added by James F. Gentner


  • James F. Gentner - jfgentner678 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Martha Carver - martha_carver [at] bellsouth [dot] net
  • Amber Rhea
  • Douglas Butler


Jefferson Davis Memorial Bridge
Posted May 16, 2020, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Bridge to be converted into a pedestrian crossing. Details via podcast and links here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2020/05/16/bhc...

Jefferson Davis Memorial Bridge
Posted May 24, 2016, by Andrew Penik

Its the correct bridge. 5th Street crosses the Jefferson Davis Bridge

Jefferson Davis Memorial Bridge
Posted September 27, 2013, by Jordan Leopard (jordan [at] augustairon [dot] com)

The bridge shown is the 5th Street Bridge. Here is a photo of the swing span pier.

Jefferson Davis Memorial Bridge
Posted June 10, 2009, by Bill Rogers (wrogers [at] pitman [dot] com)


I believe your map and bridge picture do not match up.

I think the bridge you have in your facts sheet is one bridge to the south in the back ground of the photo.

The bridge pictured is a swing bridge I am trying to research.

The next time I am in town I will get mfg off applique'.