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North America’s Longest Cable-Stayed Bridge Opens in the Holy City
For Immediate Release, June 2005
http://www.cooperriverbridge.com

North America’s Longest Cable-Stayed Bridge Opens in the Holy City

(Charleston, SC) – On August 8th, 1929, the Grace Memorial Bridge opened with a full panoply of pomp and fanfare. Now, 76 years later, it is time to recreate the excitement - Charleston style, with the opening of the new Cooper River Bridge.

The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is the longest single cable-stayed span in North America, and will connect the downtown Charleston peninsula and the harbor town of Mount Pleasant. Built with a high-tech cable system, expansion joints, and electrical components, the $632 million structure promises to be the East Coast’s Silver Gate.

“It will stand as yet another welcoming icon for Charleston visitors and residents alike,” said Rick Mosteller, Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau. To mark the successful completion of this historic feat, pedestrians are invited to explore the bridge July 9th and 10th. The ceremonial first lighting of the bridge’s cables is scheduled to take place July 14th and will include the grandest fireworks display ever assembled in South Carolina beginning at 9pm.






Im just happy because its in my city!! :banana:

They had a HUGE $300000 fireworks display by the famed Zambelli Brothers about 30 minutes ago which was unreal :drool:
 

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VERY Cool...thanks for the pictures.
 

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Have you guys ever seen the tallest bridge in the world spanning across a valley in France?? It's 1.6 miles long and the tallest point (of seven pillars) measures 1,122 feet!!... :eek:

You could base jump off just the pillar...





The roadway is 891 feet above the Tarn River valley.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6711265/
 
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