For Sparky and myself, curiosity drives passion which in turn fuels our life's engine. Our passion was capturing the story of both unbuilding the Grace (1929 - 2007) and Pearman (1966 - 2007) Bridges and discovering the unbuilders. It takes a lot of passion to track a project from July 2005 until April 2007 - rain, shine, hurricanes or moving to Singapore. We discovered the joy of discovery learning. Ken Canty opened the front door for us - then Steve Testa, Ponch Billingsley and Mickey Rogers opened many side doors. Below are the highlights of what we discovered, who we met and what we learned.
And a reminder from T.S. Eliot (East Coker from the Four Quartets)
Home is where one starts from. As we grow older The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated Of dead and living. Not the intense moment Isolated, with no before and after, But a lifetime burning in every moment And not the lifetime of one man only But of old stones that cannot be deciphered.
Each month SCDOT takes an aerial photo survey of the entire project. Here is the December update
What a view of the Ravenel Bridge - Graceless and Pearmanless
and here is what 18 month does: July 12, 2005
a closer view - SCDOT + PBC + Cashman-Testa - nice work!
and 18 months earlier
The port worksite - a Pearman roadway skeleton and the Grace superstructure
The renourished US 17 path between East Bay St and Meeting St.
The Charleston interchange
A view of the Ravenel from the Charleston side
From Mt. Pleasant
The Mt. Pleasant interchange
The Mt. Pleasant Observation and Fishing pier
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C. Frank Starmer