Charleston man gets Google Maps bridge error corrected

Google Maps labeled the Ravenel Bridge as the Septima Clark Bridge.

The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is represented on Google Maps after Marcus Giddens of Charleston alerted the Internet giant that the span was missing because of a misnomer.

"All those computers, and they let that slip through. Strange no one noticed before now," Giddens said in an e-mail.

Google Maps mistakenly labeled the Ravenel Bridge as the Septima Clark Bridge. The Septima Clark Parkway honors the late Charleston native and well-known Civil Rights activist. It leads to the bridge.

"That's interesting," Ravenel said of the situation. "Marcus, he's a cousin." Ravenel is a former congressman, school board member and legislator. The Ravenel Bridge, which opened in 2005, is named for him.

Giddens is a facilities and construction manager for Durlach Associates. "It makes me feel good because he is my mother's cousin," he said of spotting the error.

How long the situation existed is unknown. A Google spokesman could not be contacted for comment today. Giddens said he discovered the mistake last week when he called up Google Maps at his Calhoun Street office.

"I was like, 'Wait a second here,' " he said.

In response to his query about the error, Giddens received an e-mail from Google Maps. "Your Google Maps problem has been reviewed, and you were right!" the company said.

The error was corrected last week.

Google operates a $600 million data center along U.S. Highway 52 in Moncks Corner.