If you’ve come here to stay in one of our luxury beach house rentals SC, chances are you at least saw and likely crossed over it, probably more than once. (In fact, if you’re in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals and head into downtown Charleston, you pretty much have to cross it, unless you go WAY out of your way).
The Ravenel Bridge, the graceful span that connects Mount Pleasant with downtown Charleston, opened ten years ago this week.
It’s hard to believe that what’s become perhaps the preeminent landmark of the Lowcountry is now a whole decade old. Seems like just yesterday when they had the big pre-opening event, where people were allowed to walk across the entire span before they opened it up to vehicular traffic.
The beloved bridge actually took four years to build (ahead of schedule and under budget), and five years before that to plan.
“It is a beautiful bridge, it is an architectural icon for us, it serves us so well, it’s fun and it is without question to me the most important single construction project in our history and probably will be for another generation or two to come here in South Carolina,” said Mac Burdette, who served as Mount Pleasant’s City Administrator during the bridge’s construction.
Michael Bennett, who is developing about 68 acres on the Mount Pleasant side of the bridge, calls the Ravenel Bridge “beautiful” and “iconic.” He put it this way: “I think of the psychological impact of such a magnificent structure… It’s like a great sculpture or painting or going to a grand square. It makes you feel something more.”
The bridge really is a marvel that’s visible 30 miles away (which is a lot farther away than our beach rentals Charleston). Its twin diamond towers are 573 feet tall and, with the cables that radiate from them, resemble the sails of a tall ship.
Well, what’s a birthday without a celebration? In honor of this momentous occasion, the City of Charleston and The Post and Courier are sponsoring a big bash this weekend.
It’ll take place on the lawn at Patriots Point, in front of the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier on the Mount Pleasant side of the bridge. It’s an easy drive from all our rental homes South Carolina, whether you’re staying in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals or in a Folly Beach house Charleston. The address for your GPS is 40 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant, about 10 short miles from your luxury house on Isle of Palms.
There will be all sorts of fun going on, including the centerpiece of the event: LEGO Certified Professional builders (yes, there is such a thing – as a matter of fact, there are 12 of them in the world) will be constructing a massive, 25-foot scale model replica of the bridge made out of Legos.
They’ll be using 70 different types of Lego pieces to form it. These guys traveled here all the way from the United Kingdom for the task.
Here’s the lowdown on the party:
- Saturday, July 18th ….. 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Sunday, July 19th…….. noon – 5:00 p.m.
- Free admission
- Free parking and $10 off admission to the Yorktown with coupon in the Post and Courier
- Live local music
- Children’s activities
- Food and beverages (including “adult” ones) available for purchase
- Fun for all ages staying in your Charleston beach house
- Bring a food item for their charity food drive
- Here’s the official event site: http://ravenelbridge2015.postandcourier.com/
Here’s an article with more on the event and on the bridge itself: http://www.charlestonscene.com/article/20150715/CS/150719632
Here’s the event’s FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1441260036180257/
So come on out and wish the bridge a happy birthday. And remember – when you are looking for SC vacation rentals, contact Exclusive Properties. Our beach house rentals Charleston SC are the best ones around.
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