We have known that the SCDOT planned to close the Ben Sawyer for repairs
sometime this fall or winter. See the link:
SCDOT - Ben Sawyer Bridge Rehabilitation Project
A friend just called from Charleston and gave me the latest.
Due to the scheduled replacement of the swing span of the Ben Sawyer Bridge, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) will be closed to marine
traffic from Friday, November 13, 2009 at 12:00 A.M. to Monday, November 23, 2009 at 11:59 P.M.
Going out at Georgetown
(Winyah Bay) and in at Charleston is an easy hop if weather
is good. Of course if weather
was typically good at that time of year, we wouldn't be worried about the bridge.