13 Rare Photos Taken During The Ravenel Bridge Construction That Will Simply Astound You

Crossing the wide mouth of the Cooper River from Charleston to Mount Pleasant is an activity that has captivated the Lowcountry for ages. Most people can remember the two previous bridges that were utilized for decades (you can see footage of driving across the narrow Grace Memorial bridge here).

In 2003, construction began on the replacement bridge, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, and the entire community watched it grow. One person, in particular, Frank Starmer, documented most of the highlights of construction. Take a look at 13 rare photos below, including a look at the secret signature tablet hidden somewhere on the bridge!

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What do you remember most about the old bridges that connected Mount Pleasant and Charleston?

(Many thanks to Frank Starmer, whose collection of construction photos and detailed information about each can be seen at this link.)