Guest speaker Dan Neal (center) shows a sample of rebar used in building Charleston’s new Cooper River Bridge to Capital Rotarians Tony Thompson (left) and Mike Montgomery at the club’s Aug. 16 meeting. Neal, design/management leader for the bridge’s 2002-2005 construction, said it was the largest project in state history at that time. About 80,000 vehicles daily cross the eight lane, 13,500-foot span connecting downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant. The bridge is 186 feet above the water to accommodate container ship traffic. Neal, a retired Navy captain, formerly was operations director for Richland School District Two and also served a term on the district’s school board.