Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge
17 South into Charleston from Mount Pleasant, Charleston, SC, USA
Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge Charleston Reviews
Ravenel Bridge into Charleston, SC Nov 26, 2008
The family dropped in on Charleston last weekend, and our welcome to this fun destination was crossing the Cooper River on the splendid Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge. The bridge is beautiful, visually dominated by two immense diamond towers which support North America's longest cable stay span (1,546 feet). The twin diamond towers not only support a great span, the span itself is quite broad – consisting of an eight lane highway with an ample, 12-foot wide pedestrian pathway on the southern side. We weren’t anticipating this masterpiece as we approached Charleston at night, and were blown away by the grandeur of the illuminated diamond towers in the dusk.
It looked pretty new, and we learned the following day that it had only opened in July, 2005 to replace a pair of bridges that were proving incapable of servicing traffic loads into the town (each of the towers are named after these bridges). The predecessor’s problems included metal deterioration and insufficient height to accommodate water traffic.
Not to worry with Ravenel – the structure towers 186 feet above the river and was constructed to withstand wind gusts of 300 MPH and earthquakes reaching 7.4 on the Richter Scale! Since one of the former bridges was heavily damaged when rammed by a freighter, this modern marvel insulates both towers with one acre rock islands that guarantee any ship will be stopped short of the critical supports. If you approach Charleston along 17-South, the last two miles to your destination will be compliments of a fantastic span, the Ravenel Bridge!
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