Bridge pier painted Charleston colors being revealed

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Officials in Charleston are showing off a pier from one of the city’s old Cooper River bridges painted with the ten colors traditionally used on buildings in the historic district.

After the $632 million Ravenel Bridge linking Charleston and Mount Pleasant opened a decade ago, a pier was left standing from the old twin bridges that once crossed the Cooper River.

Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. announced in September the pier was being painted and a ceremony marking completion of the work is being held on Thursday.

The painting idea was proposed by Jim Weinberg, an interior decorator who recently moved to Charleston. When Weinberg lived in Atlanta he volunteered with Keep America Beautiful, coming up with plans to paint water towers, bridges and other structures.

WHAT: CELEBRATION OF COMPLETION OF PAINTING FOR OLD BRIDGE PIER

WHEN: 10 AM, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2015

WHERE: GRASSY AREA IN FRONT OF CITY PARKING LOT FOR BRIDGE RUNNERS/WALKERS (ON COOPER STREET NEAR EAST BAY STREET)

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