ANOTHER CHARLESTON WONDER!
THE BRIDGE HAS AN HISTORIC PAST
Back in the late 1700’s slaves were brought to Sullivan’s Island and then ferried by steamboats through the Charleston Harbor to downtown Charleston. Not until 1929 was the first bridge, the John P. Grace Memorial Bridge built connecting isolated Old Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms to Charleston. This first bridge, designed for model A Ford’s to cross, was nicknamed the Roller Coaster Bridge because of its narrowness, steepness and sharp curve at the dip. By the 1960’s a new bridge, named Silas N Pearman was built but only carried northbound traffic leaving the “roller coaster” bridge to carry southbound.
In 1995, the Grace Bridge scored 4 out of 100 during a safety inspection and Arthur Ravenel Jr committed to help establish a fund to create a new bridge. Construction started in 2001 and took almost five years to complete.
The bridge, has two diamond shaped towers each 575 feet high with cable suspensions and the road is 186 feet above the water. This allows the busy port with container and cruise ships to pass. It is built to withstand an earthquake up to 7.4 on the Richter scale and wind gusts up to 300 mph. The bridge has a 12 ft wide pedestrian/bicycle path running its entire south side. It addition to being enjoyed by locals daily, the bridge has the 7th largest annual 10K race in the country. Today you cannot help be in awe each and every time you catch a glimpse of this amazing bridge as you travel through Charleston.
Ruth Faure -- 843-830-3532--- RuthF@agentowned.com