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Sixth Street Bridge — North Augusta, South Carolina

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Sixth Street Bridge

This drawbridge over the Savannah River connects North Augusta to neighboring Augusta, Georgia. Built in 1912 for Southern Railroad, it replaced rail access from South Carolina to Augusta after the 1853 South Carolina Rail Road bridge stretching from former Hamburg to Augusta was dismantled in 1908. Piers from the former Hamburg railway bridge are visible from this bridge as well as the vehicular traffic Fifth Street bridge. Today the Sixth Street bridge is maintained and operated by Norfolk Southern Railroad.

Sixth Street Bridge

Larry Gleason of Aiken, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Though the span no longer opens for boats, the bridge functioned with a Scherzer rolling lift, a 101-foot lift span developed by Chicago engineer William Donald Scherzer.

Sixth Street Bridge Span

Larry Gleason of Aiken, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

This mechanism uses a counterweight to balance the span as it is lifted to allow boat traffic to pass under the bridge. The Scherzer lift often is described as having a rocking chair-style base, as seen above.

Sixth Street Railroad Bridge

Larry Gleason of Aiken, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Sixth Street bridge, named for the street in Augusta where the rail connects with other lines, is still in operation by Norfolk Southern Railroad.

Sixth Street Bridge North Augusta

Larry Gleason of Aiken, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Moveable Bridges in South Carolina

UPDATE: Since this list was created, the Wando River Swing Bridge between Charleston and Berkeley counties has been replaced by a fixed-span bridge. These are the only moveable bridges left in our state:

Sixth Street Bridge

Sixth Street Bridge

Sixth Street Bridge Info

Address: East Railroad Avenue, North Augusta, SC 29841
GPS Coordinates: 33.478230,-81.958819

Sixth Street Bridge Map

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