CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Thursday marked the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge.
Not only does it serve as a connection from downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant, it has become an icon around the country.
From marriage proposals, ceremonies and the annual Cooper River Bridge Run, the Ravenel is special to people in many different ways. Most recently, it was used to show solidarity in our community as thousands joined hands across the bridge to honor the lives lost in the June 17 Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting.
The bridge is being studied by engineers and states around the country who hope to mirror its success.
"Most of the projects do not finish in budget, this size," Ravenel head engineer Bobby Clair said. "This is a mega project, an extremely complex project. Tremendous problems were resolved. The seismic design, the ship collision design. the wind design all had to match together. Most projects don't have but one of two of those issues to deal with."
Some 80,000 people cross it each day.