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Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
Ravenel Bridge at night from Mt Pleasant.jpg
The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge as seen from Mount Pleasant.
Coordinates 32°48′10″N 79°54′54″W / 32.80278°N 79.91500°W / 32.80278; -79.91500Coordinates: 32°48′10″N 79°54′54″W / 32.80278°N 79.91500°W / 32.80278; -79.91500
Carries Bikes and Pedestrians
8 Lanes of US 17
Crosses Cooper River
Locale From: Charleston, SC
To: Mt. Pleasant, SC
Official name Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
Maintained by SCDOT
Characteristics
Design Cable-stayed bridge
Total length 13,200 feet (4.0 km)
Width eight 12-foot (3.7 m) lanes
Height 575 feet (175 m)
Longest span 1,546 feet (471 m)
Clearance below 186 feet (57 m)
History
Opened July 16, 2005; 16 years ago (2005-07-16)
Statistics
Daily traffic 78,100

The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge over the Cooper River in South Carolina, United States, connecting downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant. The bridge is named after former U.S. representative Arthur Ravenel Jr..

The eight lane bridge satisfied the capacity of U.S. Route 17 when it opened in 2005 to replace two old cantilever truss bridges. The bridge has a main span of 1,546 feet (471 m), the third longest among cable-stayed bridges in the Western Hemisphere. It was built using the design-build method and was designed by Parsons Brinckerhoff.

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