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Georgia-Carolina Memorial Bridge


Aerial View From South Carolina Looking West

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #181539


Submerged Open-spandrel arch bridge over Savannah River on SR 72
Elberton, Elbert County, Georgia, and Abbeville County, South Carolina
Built in 1927; Replaced 1981 and submerged.
- Emmett M. Williams Construction of Moore, Georgia
Open-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 125.0 ft.
Total length: 1,581.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.06787, -82.64076   (decimal degrees)
34°04'04" N, 82°38'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/348592/3770895 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 46435 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 11, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated to reflect that bridge still exists but is submerged in a lake.
  • November 18, 2011: Updated by Eddie Douthitt: Location
  • October 7, 2010: Added by Jason Smith


  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • HAER GA-38 - Georgia-Carolina Memorial Bridge
  • Eddie Douthitt - dalton1861 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Georgia-Carolina Memorial Bridge
Posted October 11, 2020, by Josh Shoemaker (Jman955i [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Yes the bridge was left behind. It was not torn down. I remember before the lake was backed up going across the bridge into South Carolina to get fireworks. I also remember going across the new bridge looking down at the old bridge. If you were a diver you could dive it.

Georgia-Carolina Memorial Bridge
Posted January 19, 2016, by Andrew Penik

old road on Georgia side is now access road to boat ramp! I would also like to know if the old bridge was still there

Georgia-Carolina Memorial Bridge
Posted July 12, 2013, by jayhawk

I was poking around on Google Maps and found where the old road that lead to this bridge enters the water - it wouldn't surprise me if this bridge was inundated instead of torn down in 1983 when the lake was filled.

Any Georgia Bridgehunters with a boat and sidescan sonar? Inundated bridges fascinate me. Is there a category for that?