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May 16 2004, 7:30 am - extending the span and adding another anchor
Last week revealed some of the construction details associated with the anchors and the supporting cables. This week, I decided to ride my bicycle (again) and see if anything happened. The early morning sun is such that morning photos of the entire bridge from the Aquarium are impossible - so afternoon photos will have to do.

Below are a few photos of the details of the west pylon. Note (left) the addition of another length of steel and the third anchor. (compare with the above photo showing only 2 anchors).

A view of Charleston from under the westward directed span

Cable insertion

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