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Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge

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Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge
Ravenel Bridge, New Cooper River Bridge


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  • This is the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America, with a main span length of 1,546 feet.
  • At a total height of 572.5 feet each, the twin towers are the tallest structures in the state of South Carolina.
  • Both towers have eleven support columns drilled up to a depth of 230 feet below the bottom of the Cooper River.
  • Each of the main girders is bolted together with 550 bolts.
  • Officially opened to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic on Saturday, July 16, 2005.
  • The main span is exactly 186 feet above the Cooper River at high tide.
  • Features a 12 foot wide pedestrian lane on the southern side overlooking Charleston, Mt. Pleasant and where the Cooper River meets the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Built with a life span of at least 100 years this is expected to see 63,500 vehicles make the crossing on a daily basis.
  • Constructed to replace the deteriorating John P. Grace Memorial Bridge and Silas N. Pearman Bridge in spanning the Cooper River.
  • With a total length of 3.5 miles, the bridge contains 300,000 cubic yards of concrete, 100,000 tons of steel and 760 miles of cable-stay strand.
  • Named in honor of former South Carolina U.S. Congressman Arthur Ravenel, Jr. who was instrumental in gaining federal funding for its construction.
  • The eight-lane bridge deck is supported by 128 cables along it main span.
  • Constructed at a cost of $632 million, this was the costliest public transportation project completed within the state of South Carolina.

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Spanning the Cooper River between Charleston and Mt. Pleasant along U.S. Highway 17
South Carolina

Technical Data

572.51 ft
572.51 ft

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
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