James B. Edwards Bridge

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Wando River Bridge
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James B. Edwards Bridge as seen from the Arthur Ravenel Bridge
Coordinates 32°51′36″N 79°53′48″W / 32.8599°N 79.8966°W / 32.8599; -79.8966Coordinates: 32°51′36″N 79°53′48″W / 32.8599°N 79.8966°W / 32.8599; -79.8966
Carries I‑526
Crosses Wando River
Locale Charleston - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Official name James B. Edwards Bridge[1]
Maintained by South Carolina Department of Transportation
Characteristics
Total length 7,900 feet
Width Twin 44-foot (13 m) wide bridges
History
Construction cost $34 million[2]
Opened 1989; 28 years ago (1989)
Statistics
Daily traffic 45,300[3]

The James B. Edwards Bridge is a pair of pre-cast concrete box girder bridges that span the Wando River between Mount Pleasant and Daniel Island. It was built in 1989 by the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

The bridge is named for James B. Edwards, who was a governor of South Carolina, Secretary of Energy, and long-time president of the Medical University of South Carolina.

The bridge was constructed of pre-cast concrete segments using top-down construction. Segments were transported along already completed spans and put in place from above. This construction method was selected to reduce construction impacts on the marsh areas along the banks of the Wando River.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Concurrent Resolution of the South Carolina General Assembly
  2. ^ http://www.figgbridge.com/james_edwards_bridge.html
  3. ^ SCDOT Traffic Counts, Accessed April 20, 2007