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Ravenel Bridge re-opens after being closed Friday morning due to ice falling from super structure

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Authorities re-opened the Arthur Ravenel Bridge just after 5 p.m. Friday afternoon. Authorities re-opened the Arthur Ravenel Bridge just after 5 p.m. Friday afternoon.
CHARLESTON, SC - Authorities re-opened the Arthur Ravenel Bridge just after 5 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Mid-morning Friday authorities had to close the Ravenel Bridge once again due to large chunks of ice falling from the super structure of the bridge.

SCDOT officials monitored ice on the bridge throughout the day Friday. 

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Major Stan Gragg of the Mount Pleasant Police Department issued the following statement Friday morning:
Unfortunately we are having to close the Ravenel Bridge temporarily due to large pieces of ice falling from the super structure of the bridge.  Several vehicles have been impacted but there have been no injuries reported at this time.  The public is being asked to take an alternate route.

Charles Francis with Charleston Police Department issued this statement Friday morning:
The Ravenel Bridge is being closed because ice is falling off the super structure. Ice fell off of the super structure about 10 minutes ago and busted the windshield of a vehicle. Ice also fell in front of a Mount Pleasant Police Unit. No known injuries. SCDOT will evaluate the situation of ice falling from the super structure. Will provide you with an update as soon as possible. Charles Francis, PIO. 

Related: Winter Watch: Driving the Icy Ravenel Bridge

Some News 2 viewers emailed their experiences Friday morning:


"Just came over the bridge.  The chunks of ice that were falling were up to three feet long.  It was like playing dodge ball trying to drive under the two spans.  One piece hit the windshield of the truck next to me...it looked as though a bowling ball had dropped on the windshield.  That car had pulled over and was unable to drive." -Amy Wingo

"I was on bridge at 10:05 a.m. headed south to take my child to preschool. The sheets of ice falling were extremely scary. Everyone was swerving, breaking, speeding up - all to avoid the falling ice. The SUV beside me was hit and her entire windshield shattered. I went back over the bridge heading north at 10:20 a.m. and the ice falling was just as bad. At that time the police were closing 2 of the 4 lanes at the top of the bridge northbound. When I got to the mt p side they were in the process of closing the bridge southbound." -Susan

Stay with News 2 and www.counton2.com for the latest on this developing story.
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