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January 8, 2005:Getting there: the West Ramp and Approach

X marks the spot where the old and new bridges intersect (at least the bottom half of the X)

A perfect mix: Two palmettos framing the approach (left) and a sign to I-26 (right) Click on the right image and figure out which way to turn to get to Savannah

West Ramp Gap

I was standing under this guy and making a video of the crane lifting cross-members for assembling the next section of the ramp.

A secure iron worker

The I-don't-know-what-to-call-it ramp (East Bay Ramp?) - east of East Bay looking north toward the main approach (left) and south (right)

The East Bay Ramp, from above

looking toward I-26

Looking down Meeting Street and up the on ramp

Another view from Meeting Street looking up the ramp (different light)

The I-26 approach - who said concrete curves could not be beautiful?

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