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CRUISE SHIP DOCKED IN CHARLESTON SC

CHARLESTON SC: It's funny that folks would leave Charleston to go elsewhere for a fun time. Charleston has always been a great destination for us. That's the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in the distance.

 

The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, also known as the New Cooper River Bridge, is a cable-stayed bridge over the Cooper River in South Carolina, connecting downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant. The eight lane bridge satisfied the capacity of U.S. Route 17 when it opened in 2005 to replace two obsolete cantilever truss bridges. The bridge has a main span of 1,546 feet (471 m), the third longest among cable-stayed bridges in the Western Hemisphere. It was built using the design-build method and was designed by Parsons Brinckerhoff.

 

It was opened in July 2005 and is a whopping 1546 ft [2.93 mi; 4.7 km] long. At its highest point it measures 575 ft [175 m].

 

It is quite comforting to know this bridge boasts a clearance height of 186 ft [57 m] which means you can stand erect while riding your 17' runabout beneath the eight lanes of traffic above.

  

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Taken on May 2, 2012