Building the Ravenel Bridge

After all the photos I took, I've tried to arrange them in some order based on various topics I found interesting.

And a reminder from T.S. Eliot (East Coker from the Four Quartets)

Old men ought to be explorers
Here and there does not matter
We must be still and still moving
Into another intensity
For a further union, a deeper communion

August 1, 2004 - a storm off the coast will give the hurricane cables a test

An overview of the bridge and approaches

Here is the current status of the final west and east piers. The west pier had its cap placed (left photo) and poured over the past week, while the east (right photo) columns are still growing. As I understand it - a pier = 2 columns + cap.

Here you can see the deck anchorage for the hurricane cables. Left is the anchorage for the west approach while right is the anchorage associated with the channel side of the deck. Notice that on the channel anchorage, there is a transition in the cable-stay anchorage - the support on the left anchorage is a bracket while to the right of the hurricane cable anchorage, the cable-stay anchorage has a concrete base.

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C. Frank Starmer