State to seek input from all Georgians on Talmadge Bridge rename proposal

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - State lawmakers are weighing in on Mayor Eddie DeLoach's announcement to send a resolution to Governor Nathan Deal about changing the name of the Talmadge Bridge.

Senator Lester Jackson says the decision is not up to the City of Savannah or even residents in Chatham County. It's a state bridge and so it will be a state decision.

Savannah officials say they are in the process of scheduling public hearings which will likely happen in September to get public feedback about changing the name.

According to Sen. Jackson, all Georgia citizens are entitled to weigh in on this decision and so the state will likely conduct listening tours to get feedback from folks across the state to find out if this name change is important to the people of Georgia.

"This is not the Savannah bridge or the Chatham County bridge. It is the bridge that merged South Carolina into Georgia so it is a communal bridge and it rests in Chatham County soil, but we need to talk to all of Georgia," Sen. Jackson said.

The General Assembly will reconvene in five months and Sen. Jackson says he doesn't want this to be a distraction from some of the other pressing issues.

"I want to address this next session on education, economics and decreasing crime on our streets and putting less emphasis on names and naming bridges and more emphasis on economic issues, which is really going to change lives," Sen. Jackson said.

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