U.S. 17 North


U.S. 17 north
U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 northbound join U.S. 82 & Georgia 520 eastbound (South Georgia Parkway) for a 0.75-mile overlap between Georgia 303 (Blythe Island Highway) and junction Interstate 95 (Exit 29) southwest of Brunswick. Pictured here is the beginning of the overlap and their associated shield assemblies (with the exception of Georgia 25). Photo taken 07/22/04.
A parclo interchange facilitates the movements between U.S. 17 & 82 and Georgia 25 & 520 at Interstate 95. Interstate 95 bypasses Brunswick to the west of the Brunswick and Turtle Rivers on the Georgia mainland. The freeway crosses the Little Satilla River just south of Exit 29 at the Camden County line. Photo taken 07/22/04.
U.S. 82 ends at the northbound on and off-ramps to Interstate 95 along U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 north and Georgia 520 east. The U.S. route however silently ends as there are no end or begin shields posted along the four-lane highway. Photo taken 07/22/04.
U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 northbound reassurance shield posted as they depart the Interstate 95 interchange with Georgia 520 (South Georgia Parkway) east. An intersection with Andy Tostensen Road lies beyond a local creek crossing. Photo taken 07/22/04.
The towering Sidney Lanier Bridge comes into view along U.S. 17 & Georgia 25-520 eastbound as they travel closer to their split south of Brunswick. Photo taken 07/22/04.
U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 northbound & Georgia 520 reassurance shields posted east of the intersection with Credle Drive. Georgia 520 forms a lengthy state route from the Alabama state line at Columbus southeast to Albany, Tifton, and Waycross to Jekyll Island. Photo taken 07/22/04.
More vantage points of the U.S. 17 Sidney Lanier cable-stayed Bridge from the overlap with Georgia 520 near Jekyll Island State Park. The 7,780 foot long bridge opened to traffic on April 7, 2003 after almost eight years of construction.2 Photo taken 07/22/04.
Georgia 520 parts ways with U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 just south of the Sidney Lanier Bridge for Jekyl Island via Jekyl Island Road. The state route continues another 6.8 miles onto the barrier island itself. Photo taken 07/22/04.
U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 (Ocean Highway) turn northward to cross the Brunswick River into the city of Brunswick itself. Georgia 520 (Jekyl Island Road) sinks southeasterly along a causeway to cross the Intracoastal Waterway onto the island itself. Photo taken 07/22/04.
U.S. 17 Georgia 25 (Ocean Highway) northbound on the approach to the Sidney Lanier Bridge. The bridge approaches themselves consist of lower level 120-foot spans support by two-column bents and high level approaches of 180-foot spans on a single bridge support. This element of the bridge work cost $18.9 million1 and was completed by 1998.3 Photo taken 07/22/04.
Ascending high above Brunswick River on U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 (Ocean Highway) northbound. The 1.5-mile long bridge was slated to open originally on December 31, 2000.4 However, complications arose when a $1-million custom-made form traveler slipped loose and fell 185 below onto a rock island. The device was being fit into place when it fell injuring two workers4 and adding six months to the project for its replacement. Additionally considerations for higher winds at the top of the tower cranes suspended work anytime wind speeds exceeded 45 MPH. Total cost for the construction of the main span of the Sidney Lanier Bridge tallied $65.5-million.3 Photo taken 07/22/04.
Descending toward the city of Brunswick on U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 northbound. The Sidney Lanier Bridge was designed similarly to the 1991-completed Talmadge Bridge at Savannah. That cable-stayed bridge replaced a cantilever span for U.S. 17 Alternate (now U.S. 17) and was a hit with the city and motorists alike. So a similar design was chosen for Brunswick based on the Talmadge Bridge's success.3 The replacement span cost a total of $121-million and was dedicated on Monday April 7, 2003, with auto traffic above and a ship and boats below.5 Photo taken 07/22/04.
U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 (Ocean Highway) touch down ahead of the southern terminal of U.S. 341 (4th Avenue) south of downtown Brunswick. U.S. 341 travels 4th Avenue west to Newcastle Street north near the Port of Brunswick on its way north. Photo taken 07/22/04.
U.S. 17 & Georgia 25 (New Jessup Highway) northbound at U.S. 341's northbound beginning at 4th Avenue. The terminus occurs next to marshlands associated with the Brunswick River. U.S. 341 merges with U.S. 25 (Gloucester Avenue) in 1.9 miles west of downtown. U.S. 25 & Georgia 25 Connector end at U.S. 17 1.25 miles ahead. Photo taken 07/22/04.
Approaching the southern terminus of U.S. 25 (Gloucester Street) east of downtown Brunswick at Back Landing. Gloucester Street also carries Georgia 25 Connector between U.S. 17 and U.S. 341 (Newcastle Street) one mile to the west. Georgia 25 Connector relates to the U.S. 17 companion of Georgia 25 and not U.S. 25. Photo taken 07/22/04.
Span wire supported signs for the northbound beginning of U.S. 25 & Georgia 25 Connector (Gloucester Street) on U.S. 17 (New Jessup Highway) northbound. U.S. 25 & 341 merge together and travel 5.2 miles north to junction Interstate 95 (Exit 36) north of the city. From there the tandem continues 35 miles to the Wayne County seat of Jessup and U.S. 84 & 301. Photo taken 07/22/04.
U.S. 17 overlaps with Interstate 516 west for 1.25 miles
U.S. 17 overlaps with Interstate 16 east for 1.25 miles
Beyond the split with Interstate 16 east, U.S. 17 joins Georgia 404 Spur on the freeway to the Eugene Talmadge Bridge over the Savannah River. The Gwinnett Street off-ramp departs U.S. 17 & Georgia 404 Spur northbound just beyond the split partition with Interstate 16 east. Gwinnett Street travels east-west from Forsyth Park to West Savannah. Photo taken 05/29/05.
U.S. 17 & Georgia 404 Spur east elevated onto a viaduct over Boundary Street and nearby railroad spurs. The majestic Talmadge cable-stayed Bridge quickly draws into view beyond the Gwinnett Street half-diamond interchange. Photo taken 05/25/05.
Around the bend in the above photograph is the Louisville Road half-diamond interchange. Louisville Road travels east from Garden City to Liberty Street and downtown Savannah. Tourists destined for the many historical attractions of downtown are provided with an information center off Louisville Road east of the freeway. This is the last exit for the city. Photo taken 05/25/05.
U.S. 17 & Georgia 404 Spur eastbound ascend onto the Talmadge Bridge across the Savannah River. The four-lane span links downtown with Hutchinson Island between the Front and Back Rivers of the Savannah River system. Photo taken 05/25/05.
A pair of views showcase the cityscape of downtown Savannah from the rising Talmadge Bridge. The central business district concentrates on the Savannah River front between Bay and Liberty Streets. While the landscape includes of a 20-story Stillwater Towers, the city overall features a low skyline. Photos taken 05/25/05.
The last Georgia exit serves Hutchinson Island and the Savannah International Convention Center. A right-hand turn lane consists of the off-ramp to Savannah Harbor Parkway at the north end of the bridge. Photo taken 05/25/05.
Approaching the 480' towers of the Eugene Talmadge Bridge on U.S. 17 & Georgia 404 Spur northbound. The span travels 185 feet above the high-tide level of the Savannah River, allowing large vessels access to the nearby Port of Savannah. The cable-stayed bridge replaced a two-lane cantilever span in 1991. Photo taken 05/25/05.
U.S. 17 & Georgia 404 Spur begin their descend toward Hutchinson Island and the state of South Carolina. A two-lane low-level bridge spans the Front River of the Savannah River between the island and Jasper County. Photo taken 05/25/05.
A folded-diamond interchange joins the Talmadge Bridge with Savannah Harbor Parkway on Hutchinson Island. Savannah Harbor Parkway leads east to the Savannah International Convention Center and new residential communities. Photo taken 05/25/05.
Northbound at the Savannah Harbor Parkway turn-off. U.S. 17 northbound continues onto the two-lane bridge to South Carolina ahead. U.S. 17 reaches Hardeeville and the junction with Interstate 95 (Exit 5) in 14 miles. Photo taken 05/25/05.

Sources:

  1. "The Sidney Lanier Bridge." Georgia Department of Transportation.
  2. "Way finally to clear on new Sidney Lanier." The Florida Times-Union, April 4, 2003.
  3. "Crucial Cable-Stayed Crossing Set To Open Near Georgia Port." Engineering News-Record, March 31, 2003.
  4. "Bridge piece falls." The Florida Times-Union, June 25, 1999.
  5. "Boost to Brunswick commerce touted as new Sidney Lanier Bridge dedicated." The Florida Times-Union, April 8, 2004.

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