Changing the face of Charleston : The unbuilding of the Grace and Pearman Bridges
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June 19, 2006: The changing view of the Cooper River

Sparky is out of town and I am needing a bridge fix. So I thought I would try to find photos of the Ravenel Bridge with the Pearman and Grace Bridges in the background. The idea is to show the changing look of the Cooper River as sections of the Grace and Pearman Bridges were removed.

March 7, 2004: An early photo from the S. C. Aquarium - when the Ravenel mainspans were started

July 21, 2004: Here is the first photo I made from the river - during construction of the Ravenel Bridge -

Here are a few aerial shots taken just before the opening of the Ravenel Bridge.

July 12, 2005: Four days before opening the Ravenel Bridge

From the Mt. Pleasant side

and with Charleston in the background

July 17, 2005: And an aerial shot the day after opening the Ravenel Bridge

August 20, 2005: At the end of a survey trip with Ken Canty. The completed Ravenel Bridge and the mostly untouched Grace and Pearman Bridges. You can see two excavators on the west side of the Pearman main span.

January 9, 2006: After removal of the Pearman roadway

February 22, 2006: Before lowering the Pearman main span

February 22, 2006: After lowering the main span

March 1, 2006: Before lowering the Grace main span

March 2, 2006: After lowering the Grace main span

June 7, 2006: After removal of all the Pearman and Grace cantilever sections.

July 26, 2006: After dropping all the Pearman piers

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