Even World War II Couldn’t Stop the Building of This Vital Bridge

Even World War II Couldn’t Stop the Building of This Vital Bridge

This bridge was built towards the end of World War II, 75 years ago. It was last rehabilitated in 2010 and still serves as a vital link to the coastal area from Charleston. Information and photos can be seen here and in the link enclosed here.

Transportation History

June 18, 1945

On South Carolina’s Atlantic coast, a new swing bridge linking Mount Pleasant (the largest town in the Palmetto State) with Sullivan’s Island (both an island and a town) was opened to traffic. The Ben Sawyer Bridge was officially dedicated a couple of days later.

While construction plans for this bridge took shape by the summer of 1941, the actual building efforts slowed down considerably for the most part as a result of the U.S. entry in World War II and the consequent shortage of available steel. With the steadfast support of the U.S. military, however, full-scale construction on the bridge started up again in 1943 and the structure was completed two years later.

The bridge was named in memory of Ben Mack Sawyer, a longtime chief highway commissioner of the South Carolina Highway Department. Sawyer, who was born in the South Carolina town of Salley in 1890…

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