Ravenel Bridge remains closed Thursday; Other Roads open

The Ravenel Bridge remains closed Thursday for a second straight morning. The bridge is still visibly covered in ice, but the road conditions appeared to have improved significantly overnight as crews worked to sand and salt the roadway.

The Don Holt Bridge on Interstate 526 is still open to traffic after being reopened at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, giving Mt. Pleasant residents a route out of town. The Don Holt Bridge has been closed for more than 18 hours before reopening. The Ravenel Bridge has been closed for more than 35 hours.

Bacons Bridge Road was closed Thursday morning due to icy conditions, but officials say everything else is open, including the Ashley River Bridge, James Island Connector, Limehouse Bridge, North Bridge, and the Wando Bridge.

In addition to the reopening of the Don Holt Bridge, Mt. Pleasant Police are reported the Isle of Palms Connector has also been reopened after a long closure. 

Crews will continue to monitor the roadways overnight, as temperatures are expected to drop into the upper 20s. 

Authorities announced through Twitter the closing of the Ravenel Bridge a little before 8 p.m. Tuesday. It has been shut down since. According to officials, the bridge was shutdown due to ice, and it could remain closed all day Wednesday. 

The North Bridge was also closed Tuesday night, but has since been reopened.

The Don Holt Bridge was shut down Tuesday night but was re-opened at 3 p.m. Wednesday after being close for more than 18 hours. The IOP Connector was reopened just after 5 p.m. 

Charleston County government officials are advising motorists to use extreme caution and drive safely across the bridge. Officials say the bridge will only remain open as long as conditions don't dictate otherwise.

According to the City of Charleston, the Ashley River Bridge and the James Island Connector are open after being salted, but advise travel should be limited.

The Winter Storm Warning for South Carolina was canceled by the National Weather Service later Wednesday morning. 

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