So, why did they build this Hoover Dam Bridge in the first place? According to reports, road travelers previously were routed more than 6 miles across Hoover Dam to cross the border between Arizona and Nevada, and checkpoints added after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, often caused miles-long backups of traffic.
The new bridge alleviates the time needed for travelers to get where they need to be and is esigned to improve safety by eliminating sharp turns, narrow shoulders and poor visibility that often cause long delays.
The new Hoover Dam Bridge isn’t for those who have a fear of heights, however. It’s 890 feet above the water below.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, the Hoover Dam Bypass Project is a 3.5-mile corridor beginning at approximately milepost 2.2 in Clark County, Nevada and crossing the Colorado River approximately 1,500 feet downstream of the Hoover Dam, then terminating in Mohave County, Arizona near milepost 1.7 on U.S. 93.
Under construction for nearly a decade, the unveiling of the bridge was highly anticipated. Visitors to the dam often can’t help but turn and gawk at the bridge, which federal officials say is the second- tallest bridge in the United States. The tallest is Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado.
It’s the longest bridge built with concrete arches in the western hemisphere, according to the Transportation Department. The arches measure 1,060 feet.
Officials say the bridge contains some 16 million pounds of steel and 2 million feet of cable – enough to stretch well past Phoenix from Las Vegas.
The only thing that really weirds me out is how those iconic views that you’ve always been used to of the Hoover Dam, you know, the ones that are taken by airplanes flying over top? Now they are going to have this stupid bridge in them.
Photos of the Hoover Dam Bridge
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