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Waccamaw River Memorial Bridge - Conway, South Carolina
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 33° 50.059 W 079° 02.717
17S E 680877 N 3745503
Quick Description: Historic bridge spanning the Waccamaw River at Conway, South Carolina.
Location: South Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 11/5/2007 6:44:22 PM
Waymark Code: WM2HH4
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member snfromky
Views: 33

Long Description:

"The Waccamaw River Memorial Bridge, constructed in 1937 and opened to the public in April 1938, is locally significant as an example of engineering techniques and architectural design used in the construction of South Carolina highway bridges during a period of remarkable growth in the state’s highway system. It is a multi-span continuous steel girder bridge made up of four steel girder main spans, four continuous steel string approach spans, and concrete piers which support the bridge deck. The entire bridge is 1270 feet long. Among its notable engineering and architectural features are its long vertical and horizontal curves, the use of 28 cast-iron light standards along the balustrade, and the Gothic-influenced pointed arches cut out of its concrete piers; the arches have been described as “a lavish treatment seldom seen in South Carolina bridges” in a 1993 bridge inventory project sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Highways and Public Transportation. The bridge was designated as a memorial to Horry County citizens who served in America’s wars from the American Revolution through the First World War. It is also significant for its association with the growth and development of the Grand Strand-Myrtle Beach area as a resort in the first half of the twentieth century. Constructed at a cost of $370,000, the bridge replaced an earlier one-lane bridge which had been the only bridge connecting Conway with the developing Grand Strand-Myrtle Beach area. Listed in the National Register August 26, 1994." ~ South Carolina Department of Archives and History website

Street address:
Main St. (US 501) over the Waccamaw R.
Conway, South Carolina

County / Borough / Parish: Horry County

Year listed: 1994

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1925-1949

Historic function: Transportation - Road Related

Current function: Transportation - Road Related

Privately owned?: no

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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