The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, also known as the New Cooper River Bridge, is a cable-stayed bridge over the Cooper River, 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 bridges replaced were the Grace Memorial Bridge (built in 1929) and the Silas N. Pearman Bridge (built in 1966). These were considered two of the more dangerous bridges in America and were demolished after the Ravenel Bridge opened.
The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge has a main span of 1,546 feet, the second longest among cable-stayed bridges in the Western Hemisphere. It was built using the design-build method and was designed by Parsons Brinckerhoff.
The bridge is home to the annual USA Track & Field 10,000 meter Cooper River Bridge Run on the first weekend of April. This event attracts up to 50,000 people. The route starts in Mount Pleasant and finishes in downtown Charleston at Marion Square.
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