Skip to comments.A dam big project: Incredible images of construction work on 1,900ft-long Hoover Bridge
Posted on 07/25/2010 1:31:02 PM PDT by Lorianne
It is one of the planet's newest awe-inspiring superstructures - the Hoover Dam Bridge. Now the giant construction project which is on schedule to be completed in September can be seen in all its glory in a series of stunning photographs.
Twelve years in planning and five years under construction, the development - known officially as the 'Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge' - is finally taking shape.
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And this bridge will take traffic from ??? to ???
Why do i envisage lanes clogged with gawkers?
“And this bridge will take traffic from ??? to ???”
One side to the other?
Main road between Phoenix to Las Vegas.
Hats off to ANYONE who can work up high! Scares me to death!
I presume the intent is to get heavy traffic off the dam itself.
The short answer, Phoenix, to Las Vegas.
I believe it’s to get traffic OFF of the dam itself ... security risk.
It will take the usual traffic that must drive the switchbacks and cross the dam. That would be people that are driving from Kingman, AZ to Las Vegas, NV. Much shorter route to Las Vegas for anyone using I-40 from the east than going all the way to the 95 and then up to Vegas.
“I believe its to get traffic OFF of the dam itself ... security risk.”
As well as to eliminate the periodically ridiculous wait times on either side to get across the dam.
Yeah that would suck bad. Which way would the water go?
My guess is that the bridge is designed to keep gawkers from gawking.
Looks like a model on a movie set.
Traffic over the Hoover Dam is clogged and slow in summer.
It connects Arizona with Nevada. Since it’s only a two lane road over the dam, it’s a perpetual traffic jam. The bridge should help a lot, it should have been built decades ago.
The water from the Colorado River flows into Mexico, ultimately. The real loss from the Hoover Dam would be most of the water for Las Vegas and a good part of its electricity, too. Some the power goes to LA, too.
The Mexicans would be happy if the water were not diverted to Las Vegas (”The Meadows”) BTW.
I used to live in Vegas many years ago, was a truck mechanic, had to go work on trucks stuck on the switchbacks coming and going to the bridge, its a real bottleneck, and yes its also a very easy target for a terrorist.
All one would need is a type of trailer that could have a track that would drop several underwater mines over the water side of the dam spaced apart and on consecutive timers.
Dambusters by an 18 wheeler. A very determined intelligent radical can do it, trick is to research at what depth is optimum and at what point they need to be dropped.
I rode across the dam on my motorcycle about 2 years ago and was waved past a road block about a mile before the dam.
Everyone in a vehicle larger than a motorcycle was being pulled over and searched....presumably as a precaution against any such explosive exploit.
Yes, it was originally started as a DHS project so trucks could make the trip from Vegas to Kingman without having to make the Laughlin route. They stopped all traffic after 911 until they had DHS checkpoints constructed to “randomely” check cars wanting to make the trip not only across the dam but also just to visit it.
Currently all truck traffic must take the route to Laughlin from Boulder City. The new bridge will also take all of the regular traffic off the dam leaving it for only tourist and maintenance traffic.
Cheez...some of them are smokers.
How many people died while building the Empire State Building?
Though rumors of hundreds of people dying on the work site circulated during the time of its construction, official records state that only five workers were killed: one worker was struck by a truck; a second fell down an elevator shaft; a third was hit by a hoist; a fourth was in a blast area; and a fifth fell off a scaffold
And that after more than 7,000,000 hours of labor. Sort of makes you wonder about why we need OSHA.
It appears that when finished it will be the longest arch truss bridge in the world? Anyone know for sure?
"You're drivin' me to Phoenix !"
I got vertigo just looking at that.
FWIW, the drop from the bottom of the Hoover Dam to the Pacific Ocean, the total drop in the Colorado river from the base of the dam to the sea is only about 300 feet over a run of several hundred miles. In New England rivers often drop five feet per mile (Assebet, Blackstone, ...). By New England standards, the Colorado from Boulder to the Pacific is a pond.
Actually, the Hoover Dam was a much more impressive engineering feat than the Empire State Building. Something like 96 (not 112) people died in industrial accidents associated with the construction of the dam, though no one is actually buried or encased inside the dam.
Why did they all wear those hats back then? What was the pull?
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