The old bridge was a cantilever truss. It was too low to allow the bigger container ships into the harbor. That was an intolerable situation for a port that is one of the biggest container ports on the east coast. The old bridge was struck twice before the new bridge was opened. Many of the piers for the old bridge still stand on the south side of the river in the city of Savannah.
The Talmadge bridge is located at a narrow spot in the harbor. Interestingly, the towers are both located on dry land, and the main span completely crosses the harbor. The photo above is a view from late evening looking to the west from the industrial area on the south side of the river.