New Hoover Dam Bridge – It’s Coming!

July 13, 2010 by

North America, Travel News & Alerts

Having been under construction for nearly five years, the Hoover Dam Bypass is finally almost here! The project began in January of 2005 and is expected to be completed by November of 2010. When finished, the new bridge will connect the Arizona and Nevada highways, spanning across the Black Canyon (about 1,500 feet south of Hoover Dam). As of now the nearly 2,000-foot-long, beautifully constructed bridge is currently proceeding as planned, remaining on budget and on schedule.

New Hoover Dam Bypass

Artists' model of the new Hoover Dam Bypass

Although the bridge has been referred to as the “Hoover Dam Bypass” for the majority of its construction, its official name will be the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. The name represents both Arizona and Nevada: Mike O’Callaghan is a former Nevada governor and Korean War veteran, and Pat Tilman is a former Arizona State University football star. Tilman was killed by friendly fire while serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. Both men passed away in 2004.

Being so near to completion, the bridge construction combined with high tourist season is causing various delays for Hoover Dam travelers. The minimal inconveniences now, however, will surely be worth it once the bridge is open. The current Hover Dam road has not been replaced since the 1930s and presents numerous potential dangers if the dam were ever breached.

The new, concrete-steel arch bridge is intended to provide much needed security for the Dam. In addition, the four-lane road will greatly improve traffic and make overall transportation much easier.

For more information about bridge, visit the Hoover Dam Bypass official website.

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One Response to “New Hoover Dam Bridge – It’s Coming!”

  1. John Says:

    Wonderful to see a Great American public works project near completion!