Dangerous Crossing

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POSTED: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 11:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 11:09pm

Charleston, South Carolina rarely gets ice and snow. That's why officials closed the massive Ravenel Bridge into the city. Reporter Rob Fowler takes us on a ride along over the icy bridge.

(WCBD) Travel troubles in Charleston, South Carolina has prompted officials to close one of the tallest bridges in the south.

The Arthur Ravenel Bridge stands 574-feet tall making it particularly vulnerable to high winds and cold temperatures.

It was closed Tuesday when bad weather rolled through the area covering the bridge in a sheet of ice.

At the top of the bridge ice is close to 2" thick, with glaze lining the median just about the entire length of the bridge.
Thursday morning it remained closed as crews work to sand and salt the roadway.

Officials hope that once that work is complete and warmer temperatures melt some of the ice, the bridge will be reopened to traffic.

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