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Ports Authority says it won’t fund $1B-plus Savannah bridge replacement

The cargo ship Cosco Development passes under the Talmadge Memorial Bridge en route to the Garden City Terminal on the Savannah River in May 2017.

Posted on May 22, 2024

A frequently heard comment Monday night during the first public information session regarding a new Savannah River crossing to replace the Talmadge Bridge was “that’s a lot of money.”

Hours later, Georgia Ports Authority officials made it clear they don’t intend to be a funding source for either a new, higher bridge, projected to cost $1.17 billion, or a $2 billion beneath-the-river tunnel. In a Tuesday morning interview, CEO Griff Lynch and board Chairman Kent Fountain noted the ports paid $10 million for a feasibility study for the project but that construction of the new crossing and removal of the Talmadge Bridge was “outside their realm.”

Said Lynch, “I don’t think we have an appetite or an interest in going beyond” paying for the feasibility study.


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