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Sidney Lanier Bridge, 2003, Brunswick

Sidney Lanier Bridge Brunswick GA From Jekyll Island Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

At 7779 feet, the Sidney Lanier Bridge has the longest span in Georgia. Reaching a height of 480 feet, it’s a replacement for the 1956 vertical-lift bridge of the same name. On 7 November 1972 the African Neptune struck the earlier bridge, resulting in ten deaths. On 3 May 1987 that bridge was again struck, this time by the Polish freighter¬†Ziemia Bialostocka. Like Savannah’s Talmadge Bridge, the new bridge’s cable-stayed construction is more stable and allows the necessary greater height for the booming container ship traffic of the Georgia coast.

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