Boaters will not be allowed to travel underneath the Arthur Ravenel Bridge in Charleston during Saturday morning’s Cooper Bridge Run.
The Coast Guard said Monday that it will establish a “security zone” on the Cooper River beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, and last until 9:30 a.m.
It’s part of increased security along the 10K run’s route in response to last year’s bombing at the Boston Marathon. Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis said the bomb made city officials rethink safety at one of Charleston most popular events, with more than 40,000 people expected to attend this year.
“We took a look at the security plans and realized that we needed to do things differently,” he told South Carolina Radio Network on Monday.
The security zone will begin 200 yards north of the Ravenel Bridge and extend south to a line between the Charleston Maritime Center and the USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant.
People and vessels will be prohibited from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within the security zone unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port or his designated on-scene representative. The security zone will be enforced by federal, state and local agencies.
Sheree Bernardi of Charleston station WTMA contributed to this report