As we have posted recently, Ladys Island Bridge is on a temporary on-the-hour-only opening schedule Monday through Friday. However, as Larry Shick states below, if you ask nicely or if it’s a weekend, you might get an opening on demand! Isn’t it grand when we get those little surprises?
Submitted on 2010/06/06 at 5:22pm
For what it’s worth, we went through this bridge today (6/6/10). The bridge opened “on request.” Perhaps this was because it was a weekend, but at any rate, the “only on the hour” rule did not apply this time.
Captain Larry Shick
Submitted on 2010/08/16 at 5:50pm
This bridge is very old, has problems, and the city has out grown it! There is far too much boat traffic holding up far too much road traffic, and causing traffic jams when people need to get places! Slow down SOME on highway construction and build a bigger, TALLER bridge that does not have to be opened!
Gilbert R. Murrell
Surprise, surprise!, This past Sunday morning, I tried to get through the Lady’s Island Woods Bridge (Swing Bridge from Beaufort, SC AICW mile 536). I hoped to transit on demand since road traffic was almost non-existent. No luck. It is obvious that the bridge tender has no flexibility.
Again, I called Gene Stratton, Bridge Management Specialist, Seventh Coast Guard District, Miami, Florida (305.415.6740) for clarification on when to expect the temporary change to be rescinded. To date there have been two confusing notices of the temporary change: one states the bridge opens on demand on weekends and the other states that there is no exception to the rule on weekends. Stratton said the temporary change would be lifted one year after the rule has been published in the Federal Register or whenever the new bridge is completed, which ever comes first. The temporary rule has yet to be published in the Federal Register so who knows.
This change to the bridge opening schedule was made without public comment. Stratton said he welcomes written comment on this situation and suggested that comments be sent to him at the following e-mail address: email@example.com.
Captain Ray Gallagher