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Ashley River Bridges – Charleston, South Carolina


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The historic Ashley River Bridges cross the Ashley River in Charleston. The first bridge, pictured on the left, opened in 1926 and is dedicated to South Carolina’s deceased soldiers from World War I. It is known as the Ashley River Memorial Bridge and is one of four remaining drawbridges in our state.

Ashley River Memorial Bridges

Napoleon Flores of Charleston, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The second bridge, on the right, is also a drawbridge and was added in the 1960s to accommodate the growing traffic traveling between the Charleston peninsula and West Ashley.

Ashley River Bridges

Beverly Chirst of James Island, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Moveable Bridges in South Carolina


These are the only moveable bridges left in our state:

1) Harbor River Bridge – US 21 over the Harbor River – Swing bridge
2) Woods Memorial Bridge – US 21 Business over the Beaufort River – Swing bridge
3) Wando River Bridge – SC 41 over the Wando River – This swing bridge may be replaced as early as 2014
4) Wappoo Creek Bridge – SC 171 – Drawbridge
5) Ben Sawyer Bridge – SC 703 over the Intracoastal Waterway – Swing bridge
6) Little River Swing Bridge – County Road 26-20
7) Socastee Swing Bridge – SC 544 (Dick Pond Road)
8-9) Ashley River Bridges – US 17 over the Ashley River – Two side-by-side drawbridges

Do you have a picture of one of these bridges? Please send it to us!

Ashley River Bridges Map



Ashley River Bridges – Add Info and More Photos


The purpose of the South Carolina Picture Project is to celebrate the beauty of the Palmetto State and create a permanent digital repository for our cultural landmarks and natural landscapes. We invite you to add additional pictures (paintings, photos, etc) of Ashley River Bridges, and we also invite you to add info, history, stories, and travel tips. Together, we hope to build one of the best and most loved SC resources in the world!


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