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Cooper River Bridge Opening (Charleston, SC)
ABC News 4 - Charleston ^ | Friday April 29, 2005 | Theresa Acker

Posted on 05/07/2005 12:32:15 PM PDT by SC Swamp Fox

Charleston, SC - It's still unclear when the new Cooper River Bridge in Charleston will open.

Officials are having difficulty getting the 632 million dollar bridge paved. It takes just the right combination of temperature, humidity and wind to allow workers to put a two-inch concrete roadway layer over the 15-hundred-46-foot main span of the bridge linking Charleston and Mount Pleasant.

Project manager Charles Dwyer with the Transportation Department says some days they get the right temperature and wind, but the humidity is too low. Only about one-third of the main span has been paved so far.


TOPICS: US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: bridge; charleston; cooper; govwatch; river; sc; scdot; transportation
Almost a year ahead of schedule, I believe.


1 posted on 05/07/2005 12:32:16 PM PDT by SC Swamp Fox
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To: SC Swamp Fox
Gorgeous bridge!
2 posted on 05/07/2005 12:35:00 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: SC Swamp Fox

Awesome piece of engineering and a beautiful piece of art too.

Re paving:
Take your time, but get it right.


3 posted on 05/07/2005 12:35:41 PM PDT by 76834
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To: SC Swamp Fox; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Great shot!


4 posted on 05/07/2005 12:39:39 PM PDT by SeeRushToldU_So (Flashback.)
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To: okie01
There are a ton of great pictures at this web site.

Just scroll down. (Broadband recommended.)

5 posted on 05/07/2005 12:41:10 PM PDT by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: SeeRushToldU_So

6 posted on 05/07/2005 12:44:47 PM PDT by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: SC Swamp Fox
Great news.

The old, old bridge had an astronomical pucker factor.

It also had a tendency to "drift" downstream.

That said, El Cid cadets will now have a better chance of making it back from leave before Taps.

7 posted on 05/07/2005 12:47:13 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Why isn't there a Disneyland in China? - Nobody's tall enough for the good rides.)
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To: SC Swamp Fox; 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; Abbeville Conservative; ...

South Carolina Ping

Add me to the ping list. Remove me from the ping list.

8 posted on 05/07/2005 12:50:11 PM PDT by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: N. Theknow; SC Swamp Fox; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
The old, old bridge had an astronomical pucker factor. You right, I loved the old bridge for the thrill factor. The new bridge is gorgeous. Great pics SC Swamp Fox! Are a pilot?
9 posted on 05/07/2005 12:51:11 PM PDT by SeeRushToldU_So (Flashback.)
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To: SeeRushToldU_So

I didn't take the pictures. I read the text only story about the bridge being 99% done and just did a google search for the pictures.


10 posted on 05/07/2005 12:53:46 PM PDT by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: SeeRushToldU_So

That is a beautiful bridge - I had no idea concrete was so tempermental - good job of them to wait and get it done correctly!


11 posted on 05/07/2005 1:01:03 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Prayers for healing and relief from pain for Cowboy...........)
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To: SC Swamp Fox; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Great pics any way. I have buddy I met in Florence when my nephew was playing at Camden. He is retired Navy I think. I haven't talked to him in a year or so.

He has a very pretty daughter that is going to Francis Marion University.


12 posted on 05/07/2005 1:01:33 PM PDT by SeeRushToldU_So (Flashback.)
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To: SC Swamp Fox

How sad. I really loved the old bridges. Especially since they drove my ex wife crazy when we crossed them. I always felt so bad for her when she felt ill going across them, but since her pulling the trigger on our marriage, that compasion has changed to a fond memorie of the faint look on her face as we crossed on the old bridges.


13 posted on 05/07/2005 1:14:40 PM PDT by now you people out there
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To: N. Theknow
The old, old bridge had an astronomical pucker factor.

Very true. The first time I ever rode over the old, old bridge (before the 'new' bridge was even in existence), it was the experience of a lifetime. Then, the first time I drove over it, was another memorable experience. Although the 'newest' bridge is beautiful, and I understand its need, the two older bridges will be missed, at least by me.

14 posted on 05/07/2005 1:18:36 PM PDT by NCjim (The more I use Windows, the more I love UNIX)
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To: NCjim

Agreed!


15 posted on 05/07/2005 1:21:34 PM PDT by now you people out there
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To: NCjim

The first time I ever visited Charleston and had to go to Mount Pleasant, I made the serious mistake of driving over the older of the two bridges, the two-lane one.

Never. Freaking. AGAIN.

Every time after that, I always made sure I'd end up on the three-lane bridge, no matter what traffic gyrations I had to do to do it!

}:-)4


16 posted on 05/07/2005 1:47:54 PM PDT by Moose4 (Richmond, Virginia--commemorating 140 years of Yankee occupation.)
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To: Moose4
I got a speeding ticket on that bridge. It was worth it.

I'm not driving over the new one. I know two people who quit. Said it was scary working there with all the illegal aliens.
17 posted on 05/07/2005 2:28:28 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Pray for us all.)
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To: Moose4
...the older of the two bridges, the two-lane one

It isn't so bad now that both lanes travel in the same direction, it was a hair-raiser when it was two-way, especially when a big truck was coming at you.

Yeah, those were the good old days, ha ha.

I also remember the old bridge in Vicksburg that crossed the Mississippi into Louisianna, it was very narrow & long. They replaced it about 30 years ago. It was very scary too.

18 posted on 05/07/2005 2:35:33 PM PDT by RightWinger
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To: Moose4

My first trip was when I was about 8 years old. I remember my Dad turning the corner and we looked straight up - unbelievable. Then, one lane each way, with a small cable on the right between us and the river below was very scary. And the lanes were VERY narrow!.


19 posted on 05/07/2005 3:23:25 PM PDT by NCjim (The more I use Windows, the more I love UNIX)
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To: NCjim
I think all of us remember our first encounter with the old bridge.

I was 19, on leave from the Navy and driving down to visit two of my best friends. (One at Charleston AFB, one at the Citadel.) I decided to take the scenic route down US-17 and had no idea what I was getting into. What should have been an 8 hour drive from Norfolk turned into a 12 hour one, capped off at the end with a white-knuckle, bladder-cramping drive over that bridge. My '72 Grand Prix filled the right lane...semi trucks to the left of me, a couple of steel cables and certain death to the right of me. I got really drunk that night.

20 posted on 05/07/2005 4:27:39 PM PDT by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: N. Theknow
The old, old bridge had an astronomical pucker factor.

No kidding. My wife and I were coming back into Charleston from the Isle of Palms, and we wound up on the old bridge...it took her three hours to pry my hands off the steering wheel when we got back to our hotel room. Next time in town, I thought I had it figured out: we'd take the I-526 bridge (several miles to the north). Great ride out, but coming back, we got caught in an ultra-violent thunderstorm that I thought was going to blow us off the bridge. Can't win.

21 posted on 05/07/2005 4:38:51 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (If arrogance was beauty, New England women would be supermodels!)
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To: now you people out there
Too funny! I rode over the old bridge today - like I do every day - hasn't fallen down once when I was on it. I don't even give it a second thought now.

My ex HATES the 'old bridge' - goes out of her way to use the new bridge - so silly.

The new bridge is beautiful! 8 lanes!?!?! Concrete 2 inches thick!?!?! Yikes!!!

22 posted on 05/07/2005 5:04:22 PM PDT by ImProudToBeAnAmerican (Tom Daschle is deeply saddened... Remember him? Bahahahahahahahahaha!)
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To: N. Theknow

What was the deal? I don't understand why any 'pucker' factor, were they that rickety?


23 posted on 05/07/2005 5:07:10 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Lx
What was the deal? I don't understand why any 'pucker' factor, were they that rickety?

It was narrow, steep, long and high. There was nothing between you and a long drop to the water except a few steel cables. Until they built the newer "old" bridge, it had opposing traffic with nothing but a paint stripe separating you and the oncoming 18 wheelers. It didn't get much better once it became two lanes, south-bound only.

24 posted on 05/07/2005 5:16:38 PM PDT by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: SC Swamp Fox
It was narrow, steep, long and high. There was nothing between you and a long drop to the water except a few steel cables. Until they built the newer "old" bridge, it had opposing traffic with nothing but a paint stripe separating you and the oncoming 18 wheelers. It didn't get much better once it became two lanes, south-bound only.

I agree. The kid in me always loves the rush and clatter of the old birdges. My wife is always terrified because she must watch the road for both of us. =)

It'll be nice to have a little more space to breathe.

25 posted on 05/08/2005 3:08:37 PM PDT by SquirrelKing
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To: SC Swamp Fox
I just drove over the old one on my way to lunch today! Apparently "Global Warming" isn't helping!
26 posted on 05/08/2005 3:16:19 PM PDT by F105-D ThunderChief (That "THUD" you heard was the Collapse of the DemocRats!)
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To: Lx
What was the deal? I don't understand why any 'pucker' factor, were they that rickety?

May be this will give you a better idea of what it is like. It was built in 1939.


27 posted on 05/08/2005 3:48:01 PM PDT by Between the Lines (We are enabled to see the Lord at work if our eyes and our hearts are open." - George W. Bush)
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To: SC Swamp Fox

WOW. That's awesome.

I used to drive like a maniac in my Mustang on the old bridge; just thinking about it gives me chills..LOL.

Great view, too, when up on those bridges, The harbor, docks, Drum Island, Castle Pinckney, that abandoned 1900's yacht on the Mt Pleasant side, the Yorktown, Ft Sumter, you name it.


28 posted on 05/08/2005 3:53:29 PM PDT by wolficatZ ( + ><))))*> + "..gone fishing...")
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To: Lx
The old, old bridge was built for 1930's automobiles and trucks with two lanes and nothing between them but a yellow strip of paint.

By the 1960's, muscle cars and larger semi tractor trailers were the norm and the lanes had about two inches of "extra" room per lane.

The wind was always blowing, so you almost had to treat your car like an airplane and set the trim for the prevailing winds, then a larger truck would come by and disrupt the airflow and cause your car to either "shift" into the oncoming traffic or hit the outer ledge of concrete, all of three inches high and two inches wide, just under the guardrails. The guardrails were also 1/4 inch thick angle iron.

It was like riding a roller coaster in a high wind while standing on the seat. As small children, my brother and I would close our eyes when Dad drove over it on numerous family trips to Charleston.

It didn't help matters any when a columnist for the Charleston News and Courier, nom de plume of Ashley Cooper, noted in his column that a new bridge was going to be necessary as the old one was drifting down river about an inch or two a year.

29 posted on 05/09/2005 6:11:45 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Why isn't there a Disneyland in China? - Nobody's tall enough for the good rides.)
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To: N. Theknow
Ass of 8:30 AM, the old bridges are now closed forever.

Ceremonies underway now and the new bridge will open sometime today. It looks like a modified Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa. I'm not as impressed as everybody else.

Anyone know if it's true that the new bridge will be high enough to accommodate an aircraft carrier under it, unlike the old bridge that couldn't? Doesn't matter much now that's there's no Navy base anymore.
30 posted on 07/16/2005 7:20:11 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Pray for us all.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Thanks for the news HGC.

I'll be in Charleston next Thursday and will check it out.

Reservations made for A.W. Shucks seafood.

31 posted on 07/16/2005 8:32:51 AM PDT by N. Theknow (If Social Security is so good - why aren't members of Congress in it?)
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To: N. Theknow
Most ramps will be open by then. Some still aren't now, but will open on Monday. One will be open in six weeks. The news just reported that there are 15 different on and off ramps so stay alert as to which one you will need. They are already making the cuts on the roadbed of the old bridges.

It's the longest suspension bridge in this hemisphere, second in size only to the longest one in the world in Japan
32 posted on 07/16/2005 9:07:02 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Pray for us all.)
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To: N. Theknow
Bridge won't open to general traffic until 2:00 PM ET today. I still question the morons who demanded a pedestrian/bike path be included on the bridge. The Mt. Pleasant side is OK. But for the downtown side a person needs a bullet proof vest. Very few people I know go into that area unarmed.
33 posted on 07/16/2005 9:50:58 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Pray for us all.)
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But for the downtown side a person needs a bullet proof vest. Very few people I know go into that area unarmed.

My son was stationed at the Navy Nuclear training school for almost a year. We loved the Charleston area, even the downtown. Sure spots are rough. But that's the case in any town. We had a great time and never packed a gun.

34 posted on 09/30/2005 6:59:45 PM PDT by now you people out there
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