Federal officials are working to determine whether the Fort Pulaski Bridge in coastal Georgia is safe to reopen after it was hit by a shrimp boat. Strong winds pushed a boat into the bridge Wednesday, prompting authorities to close the span for an inspection.
Georgia's Cockspur Island Lighthouse has stood witness to Civil War cannon fire, raging waves from Atlantic hurricanes and 175 years of commerce in the busy Savannah River shipping channel. Lately, however, it's faced a challenge to its very existence. In 2008, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation put the lighthouse on its annual list of 10 "Places in Peril."
January 1861 was a momentous time for the republic. The nation moved closer to Civil War. In Georgia, the state militia took over Ft. Pulaski in a bloodless handover that preceeded Ft. Sumter by four months.
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.