This week Patty has asked us to “look up” because the best image isn’t always at eye level.
Several years ago, my daughter and I decided to walk the Arthur Ravenel bridge that connects Charleston and Mt. Pleasant. It was built and opened in 2005 replacing the Grace Memorial and Silas Pearman Bridge.
The Grace Memorial bridge was built in 1929 and handled both northbound and southbound traffic. By the 1960s, the population and traffic had increased substantially and another bridge was needed. The Silas Pearman Bridge was built in 1966 and it handled northbound traffic. All southbound traffic used the Grace Memorial Bridge. These older bridges were extremely narrow and in some places, it felt like you were on a roller coaster. Luckily I did not start driving until the early 70s so I missed out on the opportunity to drive the Grace Memorial bridge when it handled both north and southbound traffic. I’ve heard stories that policemen were stationed on each side of the bridge to drive across those that were too scared to drive it themselves.
The bridge is about 2 1/2 miles across. My daughter and I walked to the first span which is a little over one mile and we spend some time on the observation deck taking pictures and enjoying the view.
I’ve walked it one other time at dusk and the view of the sunset was absolutely stunning. I’d love to walk it again but I’m not sure if I’d make it. These legs prefer walks on even surfaces these days.
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