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July 17, 2004 - lots of little details: Deck Anchorage, counter weights and approaches

Overview of the mainspan and approaches

Keeping it steady from the July 17, 2004 Post and Courier. A very good story with a great illustration of the anchorage strategy to protect the integrity of the new Cooper River Bridge during episodes of high winds. (I have been unable to locate the newspaper illustration on the Post & Courier web site - any help out there?).

Here are views of the west and east platform hurricane cables and ties

Here is a closer view of the river hurricane anchorage columns (left) and the platform attachment (right)

The west platform 6th cable anchors with preliminary cable installation

Here are views of the west and east approach piers

Here are views of the west and east platform approaches>

Steel beam placement: approach (left) and platform (right)

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