Are you planning a golf vacation to Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head or Kiawah Island in near future? We know you will spend majority of your time teeing it up on all beautiful golf courses. We would, however, like to suggest a day-trip to see a new engineering marvel and North American record holder.
Charleston is well known for its rich historical landmarks. Now city is providing a look into future. On July 16, 2005 longest cable-stay bridge in North America opens in Charleston, SC. Believe me, this is one short drive that won’t disappoint you.
The new Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge replaces two bridges that have graced Charleston’s skyline for decades. This record-setting bridge features two diamond-shaped towers more than 570 feet tall, eight traffic lanes and a pedestrian lane. The towers are so tall that you might even spot them while on golf course at Kiawah Island.
Here are a few facts about new Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge.
Overall length: 3.5 miles
Tower height: 573.5 feet (Largest Concrete structures in South Carolina)
Roadway section between two towers: 1,546 feet
Main span deck: 186 feet above Cooper River
Concrete: 320,000 cubic yards
Construction time: 4 years and 1 month
If you are still thinking to yourself, “why should I give up a day of golf to see a bridge?” I don’t blame you. Actually, you don’t have to give up golf at all.