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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 Draw 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

Ashley River Bridge

J. Bicking © 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 – Scheduled to be replaced by a fixed-span bridge in 2016
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
10) Sixth Street Bridge – railroad over the Savannah River – Drawbridge (no longer functioning)

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3 Comments about Ashley River Bridges

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
September 20th, 2017 at 1:58 am

Hello Linda, which of these were you interested in inquiring to use? We cannot grant permission ourselves because they are photos we have requested to use on this site. But if you knew which ones you were interested in we could reach out to the photographers for you to seek their permission.

LInda HansonNo Gravatar says:
September 19th, 2017 at 1:40 pm

I need to reproduce some photos of the Ashley River Memorial Bridges for a talk to a History group Oct. 12. We want to have some visuals besides the written facts. Can you help me? Thank you Linda and Len Hanson , Mt Pleasant SC

Paul Luman says:
August 30th, 2015 at 2:55 am

Are they scheduled for replacement?

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