Thu., August 26, 2010 2:42pm (EDT)

Repairs Coming To Fort Pulaski Bridge
By Associated Press
Updated: 4 years ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
The National Park Service is funding the $6 million reconstruction of the historical Fort Pulaski bridge. (photo courtesy of Peter Zimmerman)
The National Park Service is funding the $6 million reconstruction of the historical Fort Pulaski bridge. (photo courtesy of Peter Zimmerman)
A historical bridge leading to Fort Pulaski on Tybee Island will soon get much needed repairs thanks to $6 million from the National Park Service.

The Federal Highway Administration cited crumbling piles, decay in the wood decking, rusting beams and other problems in a recent report on the bridge off U.S. 80. The bridge was given a C rating by the administration, which means it needs substantial repairs to prevent unsafe conditions.

The plan includes a full reconstruction of the bridge, though specific details were not available.

Renovations are expected to start next July and will take less than a year to complete.

Fort Pulaski gets more than 400,000 visitors annually, and the bridge is the only way to access the area. The fort is 15 miles east of Savannah on the Savannah River just south of the Georgia-South Carolina border.