Rating:
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Arthur J. Ravenel Jr. Bridge

Photos 

Overview of Bridge

Taken near Port of Charleston.

Photo taken by James F. Gentner in January 2009

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BH Photo #131499

Map 

Street Views 

Description 

Longest Cable-Stayed bridge in America

Facts 

Overview
Cable-stayed bridge over Cooper River on US 17
Location
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 2005, replacing the John P Grace and Silas S Pearman bridges
Builders
- Buckland & Taylor Ltd. of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Design)
- Carolina Steel Corporation of Winston-Salem, North Carolina (Iron/steel Manufacturers)
- Donald MacDonald Architects of San Francisco, California (Design)
- Flatiron Corp. of Broomfield, Colorado (Co-Contractor)
- Freyssinet International of Sterling, Virginia (Cables)
- HDR Inc of Omaha, Nebaraska (Advisers)
- High Steel Structures, Inc. of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (Iron/steel Manufacturers)
- Palmetto Bridge Constructors of Charleston, South Carolina (Builder)
- Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade & Douglas of New York City, New York (Design)
- Skanska AB of Stockholm, Sweden (Co-Contractor)
- T.Y. Lin International of San Francisco, California (Advisers)
- Tidewater Construction Co. of Chesapeake, Virginia (Co-Contractor)
Design
Cable-stayed
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 1,546.0 ft.
Total length: 9,737.4 ft. (1.8 mi.)
Deck width: 111.9 ft.
Also called
Cooper River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.80306, -79.91500   (decimal degrees)
32°48'11" N, 79°54'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/601583/3629975 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Charleston
Inventory numbers
SC 1020001700900 (South Carolina bridge number)
BH 37628 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 03/2011)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 95.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2010)
76,455

Update Log 

  • October 17, 2017: New photo from Andrew Penik
  • June 24, 2017: New photo from Andrew Penik
  • January 21, 2016: New photo from Andrew Penik
  • January 17, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added builders
  • November 26, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • July 10, 2014: New photos from Andrew Raker
  • January 13, 2014: New photos from Michael Miller
  • September 23, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added other builders/manufacturers/engineer
  • September 23, 2013: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • August 15, 2013: New photos from Michael Miller
  • January 15, 2012: New photo from Loyd Lowry
  • January 3, 2012: New photo from Don O'Brien
  • December 27, 2010: New photo from Blake K. Reaves
  • May 25, 2010: Updated by Nick Brnot: Added names of bridges this bridge replaces
  • May 23, 2010: New Street View added by Nick Brnot
  • July 30, 2009: New photo from Daniel McFarland
  • January 9, 2009: Updated by James F. Gentner
  • October 15, 2008: Added by Kim Harvey

Related Bridges 

Sources 

  • Kim Harvey
  • James F. Gentner - jfgentner678 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Daniel McFarland
  • Nick Brnot - My profile
  • Blake K. Reaves
  • Don O'Brien - dok97 [at] frontier [dot] com
  • Loyd Lowry - loydplowry [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Michael Miller - michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke
  • PDF
  • Andrew Raker
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell - 1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net

Comments 

Arthur J. Ravenel Jr. Bridge
Posted November 26, 2014, by Andrew (ajpenik [at] aol [dot] com)

This Bridge is a must see for every SC resident, I was there the opening day and have the commemorative coin that was handed out along with the bottle water, newspaper and bridge picture fan! I have biked it over 10 times and it never gets old! An amazing bridge for a wonderful city!

Arthur J. Ravenel Jr. Bridge
Posted January 9, 2009, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

This is momumental structure. It was fun to watch this bridge go up and the old Pearman and Silas spans go down on the websites provided. I like the cable-stay suspension bridges. I also like the old steel trusses too. I have an old postcard of the Pearman truss when it was the only bridge over the cooper river. Looks like as time goes on more steel truss cantilevers will succomb to more cable-stays. This website is perfect for a 'dedicated bridge lover' like me.