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Socastee Swing Bridge

Socastee Swing Bridge – crosses the ICW at Statute Mile 371
33 41.240 North/079 00.269 West
Closed vertical clearance 11 feet
Opens on Demand. Closures may be required every 15 minutes when vessel traffic is heavy.
NOTE: Because of heavy traffic to two schools within a half-mile of the bridge, the bridge will not be able to turn between 7:45AM and 8:15AM on school days. All other times is “on demand” unless traffic becomes heavy, as on a weekend, then bridge closures may be required to every 15 minutes to accommodate road traffic.
VHF Hailing Frequency – Channel #9
Telephone Number – 843-347-3525

Editor’s Note: See /163041

Comments from the Cruisers' Net Community (4)

  1. Jim Healy -  October 14, 2017 - 9:29 am

    We have been across the Socastee Swing Bridge by car. It carries a 4-lane road that is very busy with local traffic during the day. Be patient with the bridge tenders here, because they have a job that make them unpopular with boaters AND THE LOCAL PEOPLE who use that bridge every day.

  2. Ronnie Holden -  October 11, 2017 - 6:28 am

    Any updates as to opening schedule ?

    • Larry Dorminy -  October 11, 2017 - 6:59 am

      Hi Ronnie,
      As you can tell by reading all the links and comments re “historic” Socastee Bridge attached to its listing, its opening schedule is a very local issue and subject to much variation. While it can be an annoyance to cruisers, you have to give the community credit for fighting for the right to be “local” and not just another high-rise concrete arch.
      There are still some of us old-timers who miss the delays, annoyances and communicating with tenders when navigating the many, now former, swing, bascule, floating, etc. bridges that once made the Waterway a place to slow down, step back in time and enjoy. Not another interstate.
      Talk to the bridge tender when you get there; they are nice folks who like their jobs and who like boaters.
      Good luck,

  3. Orient Moon -  June 10, 2012 - 7:04 pm

    This bridge is a pain, you never know what to expect. They built a new high rise bridge next to it so I don’t understand why they cannot abide to there on demand status.



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