CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — Many people have contacted the Count on 2 Newsroom concerned about a photo of the Ravenel Bridge making rounds on social media.
In the picture, it shows what looks to be a sinkhole near one of the pillars underneath the Mount Pleasant side of the Ravenel Bridge.
According to the South Carolina Department of Transportation, them along with the Town of Mount Pleasant has been aware of the hole for over a month, and says there are no structural concerns.
“There are no concerns with the Ravenel bridge,” James Law with SCDOT said. “We don’t have any concerns with the bridge, it’s not in any kind of jeopardy, the columns aren’t in any kind of jeopardy.”
Law says the hole isn’t a sink hole, it a “surface void.” A void is break in concrete that doesn’t pose a danger to any structure, according to officials.
Law says SCDOT engineers believe the void is connected to the construction of the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park underneath the Ravenel bridge.
“”It probably was when they were building the park that maybe something was under the ground that deteriorated,” Law said.
The columns are over 120 feet in the ground, and Law says there’s no way that will affect the bridge structure. He says the whole is only a few feet deep, which does not compare to the 120 feet deep pillar.
Law adds that the “surface void” is not something they are worried about. We’re told SCDOT staff will meet later this week on-site with Town staff to review the issue. “No bridge closures are planned related to this issue,” officials said.
Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie released the following statement on Twitter on Monday:
It’s prudent to take anything like the hole at the Ravenel seriously. I have been in contact with our commissioner, the secretary of DOT, and town staff to make sure this is exactly what it appears to be – a surface level disturbance. The pier itself goes down 123 feet.— Will Haynie (@willhaynie) May 28, 2018
SCDOT officials also released this statement on Twitter Monday:
SCDOT wishes to assure the public that there is no structural problem with the ramp on the Mount Pleasant side of the Ravenel Bridge near the Mount Pleasant Park. A small void appeared recently adjacent to one of the piers supporting the off-ramp. pic.twitter.com/6NqPwDcjKY— SCDOT (@SCDOTPress) May 28, 2018