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Central of Georgia 1860 Viaduct

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Central of Georgia 1860 Viaduct

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 14, 2014

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Key Facts

Savannah: Chatham County, Georgia: United States
Structure Type
Brick Elliptical Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1860 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
48 Feet (14.6 Meters)
Structure Length
241 Feet (73.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
31.2 Feet (9.51 Meters)
4 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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This is the older of two rare brick arch bridges. The other bridge is just north of this one. There are two major areas of significance for both bridges. First, brick arch bridges are extremely rare nationwide. Second, in Georgia, very few surviving bridges date to before 1800, and these bridges are particularly significant as bridges pre-dating the Civil War.

This bridge was completed just a year before the Civil War. This bridge is handsomely designed with a number of architectural embellishments that enhance its appearance. The bridge no longer carries a railroad. It has been converted for use by pedestrians, and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has built a building under one of the spans. The concept of turning an arch span into a building might seem strange here in the United States, but in the United Kingdom where long railway arch viaducts are common, many such bridges have buildings and other structures housed under the spans.


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The deck of this bridge is reportedly open to SCAD students only.

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