We went to Hoover Dam last week. We'd been there before but it is still an astounding sight. We hadn't seen the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge (Colorado River Bridge). Construction on the nearly 2,000 foot long bridge (with a 1,060 foot twin-rib concrete arch) began in late January 2005 and traffic began using the Hoover Dam Bypass on October 19, 2010. This signature bridge spans the Black Canyon (about 1,500 feet south of the Hoover Dam), connecting the Arizona and Nevada Approach highways nearly 900-feet above the Colorado River.
The 9-11 terrorist attacks quickly made it clear that Hoover Dam wasn't just a traffic bottleneck and safety hazard but also a target.
Commercial traffic was immediately banned from U.S. 93 across Hoover Dam, forcing a 75-mile detour. The urgency to build the bridge accelerated.
- The highest and longest arched concrete bridge in the Western Hemisphere.
- The second-highest bridge of any kind in the United States and 14th in the world.
- The world's tallest concrete columns of their kind.
But what sets the bridge apart most of all is the setting.
It is perched 890 feet above the turquoise Colorado River, wedged between rock cliffs that form Black Canyon, with commanding views of Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.
James Stillings has an amazing site with fantastic photos of the dam.
I took this photo for my geeky friends - you know who you are!
Two time zones depending where you are on the bridge - Arizona or Nevada
I love those two clocks... it's amazing how arbitrary we are when drawing imaginary lines like that... on this side of the line it's an hour later than on this side! :p
I love that last shot - very moody.ReplyDelete
Your photos are awesome, so I can only imagine how amazing it would be to see it in person!!ReplyDelete
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I visited the Hoover Dam for the first time a year ago, and was in awe of its size and the brave people who helped build it.ReplyDelete
A testament to human engineering and perseverance...I've visited but not since it's completion. Happy week-end♥ My SS: http://lore-eleven.blogspot.com/2013/01/curve-here.htmlReplyDelete
Great photos, though the one looking down on the dam gives me a bit of vertigo.ReplyDelete
I love bridges too - the arch on this one is gorgeous. And such an amazing setting for it - thanks for sharing. Hoover Dam is probably somewhere I will never get to visit in person - this is the next best thing :-)ReplyDelete
The second photo is especially incredible in scope and composition. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Wow, that's massive. Quite something! Thanks for all the pics. :)ReplyDelete
The view back toward the dam from the bridge really gives a feel for the amount of space and the massive size of the project. Amazing!ReplyDelete
I need to revisit Hoover Dam again. Nice experience!ReplyDelete
That is an amazing view of the dam! I haven't been there in many years, so I hadn't realized they had built a bridge to divert traffic.ReplyDelete
Fabulous photos...Photo #2 is AWESOME.ReplyDelete
THANKS for sharing. I have never been to the Hoover Dam.
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