U.S. Highway 123 - Georgia Line/Savannah River

Photos taken 10/14/01 by Alex Nitzman/Andy Field

This portion of U.S. 123 parallels the current alignment to the south. The routing was bypassed with the construction of a new concrete span over the Savannah River between South Carolina and the Peach State. Twin slab concrete can still be found on the South Carolina side. The Georgia side of the roadway sees usage for a local park. At the riverbanks, part of the original truss bridge over the waterway still exists as a fishing pier.

The beginning of the former U.S. 123, as it leaves current U.S. 123 on an easterly trek. The road carries a 20 mph speed limit with periodically placed speed bumps along the way. The signage to the right is for the entrance to the park.
The roadway straddles the western banks of the Savannah River, as it winds towards a boat launch ramp to the east.
Approaching a parking area on the right on old U.S. 123 eastbound. The original twin slab concrete that remains on the abandoned South Carolina stretch of roadway has been overlaid with asphalt on the Georgia side.
The roadway comes to a climax as this truss bridge at the Savannah River itself. The bridge is severed in half for shipping traffic, but is open to pedestrians for fishing.
A closer look at the left-hand side of the bridge reveals a barracade to prevent vehicles from entering the span. Additionally a no diving sign is posted on the superstructure.
Looking towards the southeast at the Savannah River and the bridge itself. Visible in the background is the truss bridge stem from the Palmetto State side of the river. This section of bridge is inaccessible for the most part.
A side profile of the bridge. Note that narrowness of the bridge. Older truss bridges such as this are still in service. Most notably the U.S. 90 Rigolets bridge at New Orleans in Louisiana retains this amount of lane width.

The Lost Highway is copyright © 2005 by Jeffrey Carlyle. All photographers retain rights to their photographs. The Lost Highway was originally developed by Andy Field and Alex Nitzman for AARoads.