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