Hoover Dam bypass bridge set to open next week

Posted By on October 15, 2010


Last year about this time I reposted a series of photos highlighting what a fantastic engineering project was underway in the United States. A bridge to bypass the Hoover Dam looks to be one of the civil engineering marvels of this decade. The 1900 foot span crosses the Colorado River and connects Arizona and Nevada about 890 feet above the water. The 8 year project estimated at $240 million dollars will cut travel time between the cities of Phoenix and Las Vegas, but more importantly move car and truck traffic from driving across the Hoover Dam (thought to be a potential target of terror). 

According to the Associated Press, “The bridge, which officially opens next week, is named for former Nevada Gov. Mike O’Callaghan and Pat Tillman, the former NFL player who quit the Arizona Cardinals to join the Army Rangers and died in Afghanistan under friendly fire. Family members of O’Callaghan and Tillman are expected at the bridge’s dedication.”


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