John F. Limehouse Memorial Bridge

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Limehouse Memorial Bridge
Limehouse Memorial Bridge.jpg
Coordinates 32°47′9″N 80°6′28″W / 32.78583°N 80.10778°W / 32.78583; -80.10778Coordinates: 32°47′9″N 80°6′28″W / 32.78583°N 80.10778°W / 32.78583; -80.10778
Carries State Road S-10-20 Main Road
Crosses Stono River (Intracoastal Waterway)
Locale West AshleyJohn's Island, South Carolina, United States
Official name John F. Limehouse
Memorial Bridge
Maintained by South Carolina Department of Transportation
Total length 2,800 feet (850 m)
Clearance above 65 feet (20 m) (high water)
Opened 2003

The John F. Limehouse Memorial Bridge, located about 15 miles west of downtown Charleston, South Carolina, was completed in 2003. It replaced an obsolete low-level swing bridge over the Stono River. The new bridge, which crosses a channel between Johns Island and St. Andrews Parish, an area generally called West Ashley, was completed under a partnership between the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) and the United States Coast Guard.


The Stono River is a critical part of the 3,000 miles of Intracoastal Waterway used by barges, fishing boats, and recreational mariners. The former swing bridge, built in 1958, was an obstruction to vessel traffic, thus removal was mandated by the Coast Guard in an Order to Alter issued in 1994, leaving only a few swing bridges in the Coast Guard’s Seventh District, from Key West, Florida to the northernmost areas of South Carolina

The new, 2,800-foot concrete structure is a high-level, fixed span. The new bridge has a horizontal clearance for vessels of 215 feet compared with the former clearance of 93-feet and a vertical clearance of 65-feet above the high-water mark, compared to a previous clearance of only 13-feet (closed). The new structure accommodates four lanes of traffic and provides access to Johns, Kiawah, Seabrook and Wadmalaw Islands.

Design and construction[edit]

Design of the bridge was contracted to Ralph Whitehead Associates, Inc. of Charlotte, North Carolina Construction was awarded to Jones brothers, Inc. (JB), from MT. Juliet, Tenon. The Coast Guard provided about $21 million of the total $30 million bridge cost, with the rest paid by the State.

The State government donated the debris to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources artificial reef program. After demolishing the old span, the contractor transported its concrete and steel components to the Kiawah Reef site about 23 miles away. The Bridge was opened to traffic in June 2003, approximately two months ahead of schedule.