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Encyclopedia > Silas N. Pearman Bridge
New Cooper River Bridge
Official name Silas N. Pearman Bridge
Carries US-17
Crosses Cooper River and Town Creek
Locale Charleston, SC
Maintained by SCDOT
Design Cantilever truss with suspended center span
Longest span 760 feet
Width 40 feet
Height 250 feet
Clearance below 155 feet
Completion date 1966
Opening date 1966
Destruction date July 16, 2005

The Silas N. Pearman Bridge, known locally as the New Cooper River Bridge from the opening date to the groundbreaking of its replacement, was a cantilever bridge that crossed the Cooper River in Charleston, South Carolina. It opened in 1966 to relieve traffic congestion on the companion John P. Grace Memorial Bridge. It was built by the South Carolina Department of Transportation and was designed by HNTB Corporation. Categories: Road stubs | United States Highway system | U.S. Highways in Florida ... The Cooper River is a river in the U.S. state of South Carolina. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A cantilever bridge is a bridge built using cantilevers: structures that project horizontally into space, supported on only one end. ... A log bridge in the French Alps near Vallorcine. ... The Cooper River is a river in the U.S. state of South Carolina. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston(1670-1789) Columbia(1790-present) Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Columbia Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32°430N to 35°12N... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... The Grace Memorial Bridge was a cantilever bridge that crossed the Cooper River in Charleston, South Carolina. ... HNTB Corporation (formerly Howard, Needles, Tammen & Bergendoff) is an architecture and engineering firm based in Kansas City, Missouri that built many bridges and professional ball stadiums across the United States and around the world. ...


Design

At the time it opened, it consisted of two lanes to carry US 17 northbound traffic and one lane that was reversible. The two lanes of the Grace Bridge were then made to carry only southbound traffic. In this manner, the reversible lane could be used in the direction of heavy traffic in the mornings and evenings as Mount Pleasant was effectively a bedroom community at the time. Mount Pleasant is a town in Charleston County, South Carolina, in the United States. ... Commuters waiting for the morning train in Maplewood, New Jersey to travel to New York City A commuter town, is an urban community that is primarily residential, from which most of the workforce commute to a nearby metropolis to earn their livelihood. ...


History

Once the Grace bridge was posted with a load limit and could not carry large trucks, the reversible lane was made southbound permanently. This made sure that trucks had access across the Cooper River at all times. Unfortunately, this also meant that there was always oncoming traffic on the Pearman Bridge. Fatal head-on collisions on the Pearman Bridge led to a debate about constructing a barrier to separate traffic. The debate was resolved when the transportation department installed plastic delineators on the bridge during its final years.


Demolition

Both bridges were replaced by the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge in 2005. Demolition on the Pearman Bridge started August 6, 2005. One of the piers was intentionally left standing as a sort of memorial to the bridge, and can be seen by motorists getting onto the new bridge from East Bay Street in Charleston. The Arthur Ravenel, Jr. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 6 is the 218th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (219th in leap years), with 147 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Crossings of the Cooper River
Upstream
John P. Grace Memorial Bridge
(1929-2005)
Silas N. Pearman Bridge
(1966-2005)

Downstream
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

 
 

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