For the safety of the traveling public, The Georgia Department of Transportation is closing the Talmadge Memorial Bridge on US 17 over the Savannah River and the Sidney Lanier Bridge on US 17 over the Brunswick River to all vehicular traffic at 9 a.m. Thursday, due to anticipated gale-force winds from Hurricane Ian.
GDOT officials say the measure is being taken out of an abundance of caution. The predicted strength of the wind at the bridge’s elevations will render cars susceptible to crashes. Motorists attempting to navigate vehicles across the bridges in conditions with the high wind levels anticipated from Hurricane Ian may not be able to properly control their vehicles.
An extensive inspection of the two cable stay bridges must be performed after Hurricane Ian passes therefore the closures will remain in place until further notice.
Additionally, the Houlihan Bridge on State Route 25 over the Savannah River in Port Wentworth will remain closed to all maritime traffic effective immediately for the duration of this weather event, but will remain open for vehicular traffic.
Motorists should allow themselves extra time to reroute due to bridge closures.