Ten Years on 10: The Cooper River Bridge

CHARLESTON, SC (WIS) - When it was completed in 2005, the Arthur Ravenel Bridge quickly became a symbol of Palmetto State pride.

It spent years in the planning stages.

An engineering feat folks all across the Lowcountry and state had been waiting for. It was a sight to behold from all across the city.

The day it would open and replace the two crumbling bridges that had been a pathway across the Cooper River for nearly eight decades.

WIS crews were given a sneak peek in the summer of '04.

"There's no other view like this in South Carolina. It's a great view. It's a great place to be. This is a unique experience, very few people get to see this."

At that time, 600 people were working six days a week to get the bridge completed.

The very next summer, WIS NewsHAWK flew over the bridge the day before it was due to open.

By the end of the decade, thousands were crossing the bridge everyday.

When it opened, the Arthur Ravenel Bridge was the longest bridge of its kind in the western hemisphere.

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