Friday, February 3, 2012

Ravenel Bridge incident brings northbound traffic to a standstill, delays Jimmy Buffett show

Posted by Chris Haire on Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

As anyone heading to the North Charleston Coliseum knows, the incident on the Ravenel Bridge not only turned Highway 17 into a zombie-apocalypse highway-to-hell of parked cars, it effectively shutdown the roadways leading north out of the Holy City, including alternative routes like Spruill Avenue. (It brought traffic to a halt on both North Rhett Avenue and the Park Circle traffic circle in North Charleston.)

And while many of those drivers were trying to get back to their homes in North Charleston, Summerville, and beyond, you can bet that a good number of them were just trying to get to the Jimmy Buffett show on the NPAC.

However, according to Alan Coker, marketing managing for NPAC, as crippling as yesterday's traffic woes were, their impact on the entertainment complexes' two events, the Buffett concert and the Broadway production Mary Poppins, were minor.

Coker says that the Buffett show was only delayed by 15 to 20 minutes while the Poppins performances was only 10 to 15 off schedule. He notes that traffic was pretty hairy getting to the NPAC area, but once vehicles made it there, it was business as usual, with no more traffic problems than usual. Coker adds that by 8 p.m. the streets around the complex were relatively clear of traffic.

To see a slideshow from the yesterday's Buffett show, click here.

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