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Longest Cable Bridge in U.S. Dedicated
AP ^ | 7/16/5 | BRUCE SMITH

Posted on 07/16/2005 5:42:49 PM PDT by SmithL

Charleston, S.C. -- Hundreds of people filled an eight-lane highway in place of cars and trucks Saturday to dedicate the $632 million Ravenel Bridge over the Cooper River, the longest cable-stayed span in North America.

"We have created not only a bridge, but a thing of beauty," said Arthur Ravenel Jr., the former state senator and U.S. congressman for whom the span is named.

The bridge's 1,546-foot main span is supported by cables stretching down from the tops of a pair of diamond-shaped, 570-foot-tall towers. Unlike suspension spans such as San Francisco's Golden Gate, where the deck is suspended beneath two hefty main cables that connect the towers in a lengthy curve, the Ravenel cables extend directly from the towers to the deck.

"It's a wonderful, beautiful structure," Ravenel told the crowd of at least 1,500 people.

The eight-lane bridge, which took four years to build, carries U.S. 17 between Charleston and Mount Pleasant, along with pedestrian and bicycle lanes. The main span is about 200 feet above the water and will allow larger cargo ships to enter the port. Construction began four years ago, and the bridge was finished about a year ahead of schedule.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: cablebridge; charleston; cooperriver
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1 posted on 07/16/2005 5:42:50 PM PDT by SmithL
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2 posted on 07/16/2005 5:47:18 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SmithL

The Robert Byrd Memorial ... Oh, wait! Wrong state!

Please Disregard.


3 posted on 07/16/2005 5:52:43 PM PDT by JennysCool (Be good, and you will be lonesome. - Mark Twain)
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To: SmithL

Our Big Mac has never gotten the recognition it deserved. It had the unfortunate fate of being built in a sparsely populated area of northern Michigan.

It was the worlds longest single span suspension bridge at just over 5 miles including approaches until two longer bridges of the same type were completed in Japan in about 95.

It's a true engeneering marvel and I get a thrill everytime I cross it.


4 posted on 07/16/2005 5:53:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If a democrats lips are moving, they're lying.)
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To: JennysCool

Always a smartass!! LOL


5 posted on 07/16/2005 5:54:32 PM PDT by upchuck ("If our nation be destroyed, it would be from the judiciary." ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: martin_fierro

I'm outside of Columbia, and I sure wish I could've been down there Thursday night for the fireworks show. At the conclusion of the fireworks show, they turned on the lights on the bridge for the first time. I can't wait to see the bridge, because I'm sure the pictures just don't do it justice.


6 posted on 07/16/2005 5:54:40 PM PDT by Grandma Pam
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To: 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; Abbeville Conservative; acf2906; ...

South Carolina Ping

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

7 posted on 07/16/2005 5:55:34 PM PDT by upchuck ("If our nation be destroyed, it would be from the judiciary." ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: martin_fierro; SmithL; dixie sass

Th' Chah'st'n skyline jus' won't be da same widdout th' ol' Coopah Rivah bridges stickin' up der!


8 posted on 07/16/2005 5:55:57 PM PDT by uglybiker (A woman's most powerful weapon is a guy's imagination.)
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To: SmithL

Go here: http://www.abcnews4.com/news/stories/0705/240966.html for an article about the bridge and check out the pic they used. LOL


9 posted on 07/16/2005 6:01:08 PM PDT by upchuck ("If our nation be destroyed, it would be from the judiciary." ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: uglybiker; blackie; JoeSixPack1; BraveMan; Tijeras_Slim

It'd be cool to ride across, methinks.

I've ridden across the Golden Gate several times, but have been too busy watching out for homicidal cagers to enjoy the view.


10 posted on 07/16/2005 6:01:13 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SmithL

My wife is from Charleston and I always hated driving over the "old" Cooper River bridge. It always struck as an exceptional rickity old thing...of course I grew up in the desert in Arizona so driving over large bodies of deep water was a pretty alien concept to me!


11 posted on 07/16/2005 6:02:14 PM PDT by Towed_Jumper
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To: martin_fierro
Homicidal cagers?

Is English your second language? or are you a tourist.

12 posted on 07/16/2005 6:03:39 PM PDT by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are ignorance, stupidity and hydrogen)
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To: upchuck
I posted this on an earlier thread, but I think it's worth a do-over:
http://www.charleston.net/assets/media/cooper6.mov
13 posted on 07/16/2005 6:05:15 PM PDT by SmithL (There are a lot of people that hate Bush more than they hate terrorists)
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To: SmithL
We have a cable stay over the Houston ship channel. I think it's beautiful.

Fred Hartman Bridge


14 posted on 07/16/2005 6:07:39 PM PDT by Flyer ( * Post Grad - University of Google *)
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To: Publius6961

Put your ass on a motorcycle in traffic sometime, chump. You'll catch on.


15 posted on 07/16/2005 6:08:10 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

I've always loved jogging across the Golden Gate Bridge. It's about three miles, round trip. Maybe all you Charleston people will be taking in a fabulous view while you exercize. Maybe I'll join you.


16 posted on 07/16/2005 6:08:12 PM PDT by Savage Beast (Love is the ultimate aphrodesiac!)
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To: SmithL

" I always hated driving over the "old" Cooper River bridge. It always struck as an exceptional rickity old thing..."

Been to Charleston many times and crossed the "old" bridge everytime we go. Like you, the Cooper river bridge gave me the willies. May drive down next weekend and check it out.


17 posted on 07/16/2005 6:10:10 PM PDT by neal1960 (This space for rent.)
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To: cripplecreek

I love the Big Mac too! We go across it 2-3 times a year when vacationing "Up North". It's a thrill every time we go. We also can't wait to go over the new Cooper River bridge next time we're down in the Charleston area. It looks very cool as well.


18 posted on 07/16/2005 6:12:05 PM PDT by PilloryHillary
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To: Savage Beast
Take a "quick" jog across the big mac.
19 posted on 07/16/2005 6:14:44 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If a democrats lips are moving, they're lying.)
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To: cripplecreek
I get a thrill everytime I cross it.

And of course, you hold your feet up the whole way across, right? :)

20 posted on 07/16/2005 6:14:55 PM PDT by blu (This post edited for brevity.)
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To: Savage Beast
We did a Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony across the Golden Gate, and I've walked it a few of other times, especially when we had out-of-town visitors. It is a spectacular trip, but I can't imagine walking the old Cooper River Bridges. OTOH, I've seen the Golden Gate and the Coooper River bridges from underneath:


21 posted on 07/16/2005 6:16:46 PM PDT by SmithL (There are a lot of people that hate Bush more than they hate terrorists)
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To: blu

Kinda freaky the first time you cross. It's center lanes are steel grates and when you drive on them you can look down and see the water underneath.....way underneath.


22 posted on 07/16/2005 6:18:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If a democrats lips are moving, they're lying.)
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To: cripplecreek

Which is why one only drives in the center lanes if the outer lanes are closed! The view's a little smaller, but ever since that Yugo went over the side....


23 posted on 07/16/2005 6:20:45 PM PDT by blu (This post edited for brevity.)
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To: martin_fierro

The cable bridge (below) where I live in Tri-Cities, Washington, was built around 1979. They are very intriguing structures because they appear so different looking depending on where you are viewing them from. Sometimes those cables appear to be circular as if you were looking at a TeePee.

24 posted on 07/16/2005 6:22:11 PM PDT by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: blu

Who knows how many other subcompacts have disappeared into the drink.


25 posted on 07/16/2005 6:22:16 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If a democrats lips are moving, they're lying.)
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To: cripplecreek

Is that the bridge you only see a piece remaining in the move, I Robot?


26 posted on 07/16/2005 6:23:03 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

I don't know did the movie take place in Michigan? I haven't seen it yet.


27 posted on 07/16/2005 6:24:51 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If a democrats lips are moving, they're lying.)
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To: SmithL

After fireworks, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is officially lit for the first time in front of thousands of people surrounding the Charleston harbor on Thursday.

A fireworks display precedes the bridge lighting.



28 posted on 07/16/2005 6:26:32 PM PDT by lunarbicep ("Becoming a politician is the only step down I could take from being a journalist." Jim Hightower)
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To: cripplecreek

I think it was near a great lake but of course the lake was dry due to global warming, no politics there.


29 posted on 07/16/2005 6:27:09 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: SmithL
Mackinac Bridge stats:

Total Length of Bridge (5 Miles) 26,372 Ft.

Total Length of Steel Superstructure 19,243 Ft.

Length of Suspension Bridge (including Anchorages) 8,614 Ft.

Total Length of North Approach 7,129 Ft.

Length of Main Span (between Main Towers) 3,800 Ft.

Am I not reading this correctly? According to these figures, Mighty Mac is bigger. Somebody correct or confirm...this will drive me crazy as I pack up the schoolroom!

30 posted on 07/16/2005 6:30:22 PM PDT by blu (This post edited for brevity.)
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To: cripplecreek

Yes, for scenery you can't beat the UP.


31 posted on 07/16/2005 6:38:27 PM PDT by Savage Beast (Love is the ultimate aphrodesiac!)
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To: cripplecreek
"Our Big Mac has never gotten the recognition it deserved. It had the unfortunate fate of being built in a sparsely populated area of northern Michigan."

Our famouse bridge had the mistake of being built PERIOD but it got lots of recognition.:-)


Eldridge’s plan called for a 5,000 foot, two-lane suspension bridge. When completed, the structure would be the third longest suspension bridge in the world.
Narrows Suspension Bridge AKA "Galloping Gertie."

32 posted on 07/16/2005 6:40:03 PM PDT by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: SmithL

San Francisco is the future of Charleston--and Savannah. I hate to see it happen, but impermanence is the only constant.


33 posted on 07/16/2005 6:41:14 PM PDT by Savage Beast (Love is the ultimate aphrodesiac!)
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To: Spunky

Ive seen some pretty awesome footage of that one.


34 posted on 07/16/2005 6:43:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If a democrats lips are moving, they're lying.)
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To: Spunky

Where is this bridge in relation to the 'Blue Bridge'? I've never seen the cable stayed bridge but then I live in Texas...:-)


35 posted on 07/16/2005 6:44:36 PM PDT by GW and Twins Pawpaw (Sheepdog for Five [My grandkids are way more important than any lefty's feelings!])
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To: Lx
Is that the bridge you only see a piece remaining in the move, I Robot?

That's the one...

36 posted on 07/16/2005 6:45:48 PM PDT by Iscool (You mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailer park!!!)
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To: GW and Twins Pawpaw
"Where is this bridge in relation to the 'Blue Bridge'?"

The Cable Bridge is about 2 miles east of the Blue Bridge. Where the OLD GREEN BRIDGE used to be on the Columbia River.

Evidently you have been here before in order to know of the Blue Bridge. Is that correct?

37 posted on 07/16/2005 6:50:26 PM PDT by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: Spunky

Interesting stats on the Big Mac. Nearly 850 feet from the tops of the towers to the bottom of the lake.

http://www.mackinacbridge.org/


38 posted on 07/16/2005 6:50:55 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If a democrats lips are moving, they're lying.)
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To: cripplecreek

Glad I didn't know about the disappearing Yugo the other times we crossed the Big Mac. The first time hubby took me across was pretty bad. It was sort of windy. As in very. The maximum speed was posted at like 15mph. There had been a tornado early in the morning, and the power was knocked out of a good portion of Michigan, from Lansing up to Mackinaw City. We were oblivious to all the bad weather because our hotel was on the right side of the power grid. Or something. Anywho, we drove across it. Slowly. And in the center lane.

The last time we went across was much better.


39 posted on 07/16/2005 6:54:54 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: Spunky
Our famouse bridge had the mistake of being built PERIOD.

On the contrary. It provided a valuable lesson in
aerodynamics for all the bridges that came after it.

And retrofits to existing bridges.

40 posted on 07/16/2005 6:58:02 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: SmithL
As much as most of us have disdain for the French, they sure can build bridges. This one in Millau is almost 1000 ft high and was completed just last year. It'd make a great piece of the Tour de France some year.


41 posted on 07/16/2005 6:59:51 PM PDT by P8riot (Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.)
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"Its main span is 20 feet longer than the Alex Fraser Bridge in Victoria, British Columbia, which had been the longest on the continent."

Wrong info. The Alex Fraser Bridge is in the South Surrey/Delta area - part of the Greater Vancouver area. Victoria is on the island, an hour and a half away be ferry.

I know - I live in South Burnaby, and see the Alex Fraser bridge outside my window.


42 posted on 07/16/2005 7:00:32 PM PDT by Edward Watson
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To: Calvin Locke

"On the contrary. It provided a valuable lesson in
aerodynamics for all the bridges that came after it."


That's why there is an opening down the center of the Mackinaw bridge.


43 posted on 07/16/2005 7:02:30 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If a democrats lips are moving, they're lying.)
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To: Flyer

I miss the tunnel. :(


44 posted on 07/16/2005 7:23:44 PM PDT by ru4liberty (I don't know what tomorrow holds, but I know Who holds tomorrow. May His Name ever be praised!)
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To: Calvin Locke
"On the contrary. It provided a valuable lesson in aerodynamics for all the bridges that came after it."

That is true. I was just being flippant. :-)

45 posted on 07/16/2005 7:28:16 PM PDT by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: SmithL

About 180 degrees from where the picture begins is 1/2 of a person walking -- kinda creepy.


46 posted on 07/16/2005 7:32:01 PM PDT by scott7278 (Before I give you the benefit of my reply, I would like to know what we're talking about.)
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To: Spunky

I have been there several times. I was employed in the Tacoma area until the end of 2003 and my duties sometimes required me to travel to Kennewick. I have watched via the Internet the construction of the new Narrows bridge. maybe I'll get to go back there to see the finished product.

Regards,


47 posted on 07/16/2005 7:45:01 PM PDT by GW and Twins Pawpaw (Sheepdog for Five [My grandkids are way more important than any lefty's feelings!])
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To: SmithL
Royal Gorge Bridge | Fremont County, Colorado

Height above canyon floor: 1053 ft.

Drive on this one some time, Family and I did it in 1971. Scary, you can bet it was!.

48 posted on 07/16/2005 7:58:12 PM PDT by Buddy B (MSgt Retired-USAF)
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To: Spunky

The movie of that bridge must be part over every high school physics course (at least in the 1970's) when covering oscillating systems (harmonics).


49 posted on 07/16/2005 8:06:54 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (Liberalism is a mental disorder)
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To: Towed_Jumper

You would REALLY get a scare then, if you took the trip I did last December: Near Norfolk, VA, one not only crosses bridges over large, deep bodies of water, but then one dives down through tunnels UNDER the water, dug deep enough to allow ships to pass overhead. There is just something alien about driving under tons and tons of water while thinking if there were a 'breach' and water came rushing in, there would be absolutely no way to escape.....


50 posted on 07/16/2005 8:22:05 PM PDT by ZOTnot ('We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good'--Hillary, 6/28/2004.)
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