When Hoover Dam was completed in 1936, it was hailed as a modern engineering marvel. Hoover Dam is still considered an architectural wonder, but the winding, two-lane stretch of U.S. 93 that takes vehicles across the top of the dam has been frustrating travelers for years. Approximately 14,000 vehicles cross Hoover Dam each day, far more than the road was originally designed to accommodate. In 2005, construction began on a bypass bridge that would allow drivers to go around the dam. Officially known as the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, the bypass bridge is set to open in November 2010. Not only will the new bridge accommodate far more traffic, it will also have a sidewalk for pedestrian access. Can you imagine the incredible pictures we’ll see after the bridge is done? Photographers, take note.
Photo Friday picture courtesy of Colin Rose
Upper right picture of the bridge courtesy of Federal Highway Administration, Central Federal Lands Highway Division (FHWA/CFLHD