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Encyclopedia > Arthur Ravenel Bridge
The nearly completed bridge on April 15, 2005.
The nearly completed bridge on April 15, 2005.

The Arthur Ravenel Bridge or New Cooper River Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge over the Cooper River near Charleston, South Carolina. The eight-lane bridge is part of U.S. Highway 17 and links Mount Pleasant, South Carolina with downtown Charleston. With a main span 1574 feet (480 m) long, the Arthur Ravenel Bridge is the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America. Image File history File links Photo by Frank Starmer. ... Image File history File links Photo by Frank Starmer. ... Sunshine Skyway, Tampa Bay, Florida A cable-stayed bridge is a bridge that consists of one or more pillars, with cables supporting the roadbed. ... The Cooper River is a river in the U.S. state of South Carolina. ... City Flag Charleston is a city in Charleston County in the U.S. state of South Carolina. ... Mount Pleasant is a town located in Charleston County, South Carolina. ... World map showing location of North America A satellite composite image of North America North America is a continent in the northern hemisphere, bounded on the north by the Arctic Ocean, on the east by the North Atlantic Ocean, on the south by the Caribbean Sea, and on the west...


Construction

The John P. Grace (opened in 1929 as a toll, with tolls eliminated in 1946, and one-way since 1966) and Silas N. Pearman (opened in 1966 to funnel traffic away from the Grace because of safety concerns, has three lanes, one reversible until 1979) bridges across the Cooper River from Mount Pleasant and Charleston were functionally obsolete and required frequent and major maintenance to remain in operation. A new bridge was needed to increase capacity of US 17 and conform to current safety standards.


The new bridge was built by the South Carolina Department of Transportation at a cost of $632 million. The bridge took four years to build and has a shared pedestrian and bicycle lane in addition to the eight lanes for traffic. The main span is supported by cables from a pair of 570 foot (174 m) tall, diamond shape towers. The main span is 200 feet (61 m) above the river. The bridge was dedicated and opened on July 16, 2005. State nickname: Palmetto State Other U.S. States Capital Columbia Largest city Columbia Governor Mark Sanford Official languages English Area 82,965 km² (40th)  - Land 78,051 km²  - Water 4,915 km² (6%) Population (2000)  - Population {{{2000Pop}}} (26th)  - Density 51. ... A pedestrian at the intersection of Alinga Street and Northbourne Avenue, Canberra, Australia A pedestrian is a person travelling on foot, whether walking or running. ... This racing bicycle is built using lightweight, shaped aluminum tubing and carbon fiber stays and forks. ... July 16 is the 197th day (198th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 168 days remaining. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ...


It will be the home of the popular USA Track & Field 10,000 meter Cooper River Bridge Run on April 1, 2006. Portions of the construction were filmed as a Discovery Channel episode. Discovery Channel is an American cable TV network, based in Silver Spring, Maryland, that has a variety of science programming, particularly documentaries and nature shows. ...


External links

  • [1]SCDOT Official Site of the bridge
  • [2] Frank Starmer's Photo-essays of the Cooper River Bridge Construction Sequence

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The Post and Courier :: Ravenel Bridge (Supplemental Publication) (929 words)
The Millennium Bridge, a pedestrian-only bridge built over the Thames River, was closed two days after it opened in June 2000 because of the reaction some of the estimated 100,000 people had to its sideways swaying, estimated at about 70 millimeters.
Tabloids renamed it "The Wobbly Bridge" and engineers coined a new term "synchronous lateral excitation." Contractors installed dampers to ease the swaying and the bridge reopened in February 2002.
In fact, the Bridge Run's capacity may be limited more by the lack of park space at the finish line for people to gather.
Charleston, SC Cooper River Bridge Opening, The Dedication and Opening of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge - Charleston ... (422 words)
The Opening Committee for the New Cooper River Bridge is pleased to announce that the dedication and opening date for the Arthur Ravenel Jr.
The dedication and opening of the bridge will be proceeded by a week long celebration marking the significance of this historical opening.
The public is invited to come and explore the bridge by walking along some of it or all the way to the top.
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