Superior Construction, a U.S.-based, family-owned infrastructure contractor, was selected by the city of Charleston, S.C., to construct a bicycle and pedestrian bridge connecting West Ashley and downtown Charleston. The Ashley River Pedestrian Bridge will be the first cable-stayed movable structure in the country.
Its hydraulic swing span components will allow the bridge to open horizontally rather than vertically, improving marine clearance.
Funded by the city of Charleston, Charleston County, the South Carolina Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, this design-build project will be divided into five segments spanning from West Ashley to the east end of the project limits at Lockwood Drive. A key feature of the proposed design is an iconic steel V-shaped pylon, providing a bold architectural statement. Meanwhile, its outward-leaning stay cable plane will significantly reduce the risk of ice on the cables falling onto the pedestrian path.