CHARLESTON WATER TAXI FUN FACTS- Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

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We here at the Charleston Water Taxi love to get questions about the history of certain landmarks that you can spot while riding on the Water Taxi. One of the more popular questions we get is about the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and its design. With that being said, feast your brain on some of these amazing facts about the bridge!

  • The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is the third longest among cable-stayed bridges in the Western Hemisphere.
  • The span is designed to endure wind gusts in excess of 300 mph (480 km/h), far stronger than those of the worst storm in Charleston's history, Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
  • Engineers also considered the 1886 earthquake that nearly leveled Charleston. The Ravenel Bridge is designed to withstand an earthquake of approximately 7.4 on the Richter magnitude scale without total failure.
  • To protect the bridge from errant ships, the towers are flanked by one-acre rock islands. Ships will run aground on the islands before colliding with the towers.
  • The bridge includes a shared bicycle-pedestrian path named Wonders' Way in memory of Garrett Wonders. Wonders was a US Navy ensign stationed in Charleston and was in training for the 2004 Olympics before he died in a bicycle-vehicle collision.The path was included in design of the new bridge because of grassroots efforts by groups such as a fifth grade class at a local elementary school.
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