SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Several streets and some businesses have been closed near the Federal Courthouse in downtown Savannah, according to the Savannah Police Department (SPD).

Officials said engineers found an unstable foundation in the area.

A General Services Administration spokesperson provided the following statement:

Since 2021, GSA has been working with a general contractor to renovate the Tomochichi federal building and U.S. Courthouse in Savannah.  The building has not had tenants during this time. 

On Wednesday (February 1) a section of the temporary structural support for the building was damaged at the basement level of the building. The building was evacuated, and no work is being performed while the situation is being evaluated by the general contractor, safety team members, related subcontractors, and engineers.

In the interest of public safety, the City of Savannah closed some surrounding blocks and businesses as a precaution.

The following roads are expected to remain closed until 4 p.m. Friday:

  • Whitaker Street between Broughton and York streets
  • State Street between Bull and Whitaker streets.

Businesses on State Street right across from the courthouse have also been asked to close “out of an abundance of caution.”

SPD said vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be affected.