Ravenel Bridge pedestrian walkway shut down after talk of protest

As a precaution, the pedestrian walkway of the Ravenel Bridge was shut down Thursday afternoon after a protest on the bridge was announced and then supposedly canceled. Multiple units from the Charleston Police Department and the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, as well as multiple tow trucks, were parked by the Charleston entrance ramp at 4 p.m.

The pedestrian walkway of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge was shut down Thursday afternoon after a protest on the bridge was announced and then supposedly canceled.

News of a 4 p.m. protest blocking traffic from Charleston to Mount Pleasant started circulating on social media after a grassroots group announced it through the Charleston City Paper. The protest was later canceled.

The pedestrian walkway was blocked off as a precaution, according to spokesmen for the Charleston and Mount Pleasant police departments.

Multiple units from the Charleston Police Department and the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, as well as a tow truck, were parked by the Charleston entrance ramp at 4 p.m. State Law Enforcement agents were also monitoring the situation, Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis said.

A bus taking students from the School of the Arts in North Charleston to Mount Pleasant avoided the Ravenel Bridge and went over the Don Holt Bridge instead Thursday afternoon, according to a parent.

The walkway remained closed throughout the rush hour, forcing those who walk or bike to work and back to find an alternate route or wait.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.