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Discovery Channel to Feature Charleston's New Bridge

Charleston, SC -- Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, The Discovery Channel will air a special on the massive, new bridge spanning the Port of Charleston's main shipping channel.

According to The Discovery Channel's web site, "Charleston, South Carolina, is the construction site of the longest cable-stay bridge in America. Its signature 500-foot, diamond-shaped towers and ribbon-thin, eight-lane road surface will ensure its place among the world's most stunning structures."

The new Ravenel Bridge will replace two older bridges, enhancing vessel access with higher and wider clearance. It will provide for 186 feet of vertical clearance and a wider channel.

The project is under budget and ahead of schedule, with completion expected by summer 2005. The Ports Authority is providing $45 million for construction and demolition of the existing structures.

The $635-million bridge project, combined with recently completed harbor deepening to -45 feet at mean low water, prepare Charleston for the larger container ships serving world trade.

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