October 26, 2021

America’s Newest Wonder, Hoover Dam Bridge

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The Hoover Dam is getting some relief from traffic thanks to the Hoover Dam Bridge opening later this week

The Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge is set to open later this week. Not only is it going to provide a much quicker drive between Phoenix and Las Vegas, but it will also be an instant tourist attraction.

The dam, which has been there since 1935, is the only path that cars have passed over. Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, they have had to ad checkpoints for safety precautions. Because of this, crossing over the dam took much longer than before. Not only that but trucks and semi’s were no longer allowed to cross the bridge and had to go at least an extra 23 miles to get to their destination.

The new bypass won’t include any checkpoints and will provide a much quicker route. Cars are no longer able to pass across the Hoover Dam, but it will remain open as a tourist destination.

The new bridge is amazing and it’s setting is spectacular. It sits 890 feet above the Colorado River and runs through the Black Canyon. From the bridge you can see the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.

On October 16th, the bridge will be open to foot traffic, and pedestrians will be able to walk the span of the bridge. On October 20th the bridge will open to all traffic.

This new bridge is the 7th highest in the world. China has four, Papua New Guinea has one and the state of Colorado also has one.

The bridge cost $240 million to build, requiring a span of five years and 1,200 workers and 300 engineers.