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5th Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Dave Michaels

Bridge Documented: February 28, 2008

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
5th Street Over Savannah River
Augusta: Richmond County, Georgia and Aiken County, South Carolina: United States
Structure Type
Metal Deck Girder, Movable: Swing (Center Pier) and Approach Spans: Metal ,
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1931 By Builder/Contractor: Nashville Bridge Company of Nashville, Tennessee

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
120 Feet (36.5 Meters)
Structure Length
1,202 Feet (366.3 Meters)
Roadway Width
21.7 Feet (6.61 Meters)
2 Main Span(s) and 12 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

2021 Update: A project to convert this historic bridge to a pedestrian bridge is underway. Although designed with a swing span it is unlikely this span ever operated. The previous bridge was a swing bridge and did not operate either. The War Department was responsible for requiring a swing span. Had the swing span operated, it would have been unusual design, with ends of the swing span NOT resting on piers, but rather meeting fixed girders that cantilevered out from the pier. HistoricBridges.org is listing the span length between piers, rather than the traditional swing span length for the main span length.

This bridge is a long-multi-span stringer bridge that is noted for its visually attractive stringers which are haunched, built-up, riveted beams. The bridge retains good integrity including handsome metal railings with concrete posts. Two of the spans near the Georgia end of the bridge are larger than the other spans and the design of the stringers and the pier of this section, as well as the fact that it lines up with a bascule span of the nearby bridge on 6th Street might make one think that these two spans might have once been a swing bridge span. Whether this is the case or if these spans are simply larger to accommodate the width of any boats but were always fixed spans is unknown. The bridge is listed as eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Currently HistoricBridges.org only has a few photos of this bridge and is interested in acquiring more photos of this bridge, especially showing the railings and the deck of the bridge.


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