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Endymion
05-28-2011, 10:41 AM
THE WIDER VIEW: Taking shape, the new bridge at the Hoover Dam

Creeping closer inch by inch, 900 feet above the mighty Colorado River, the two sides of a $160 million bridge at the Hoover Dam slowly take shape. The bridge will carry a new section of US Route 93 past the bottleneck of the old road which can be seen twisting and winding around and across the dam itself.

When complete, it will provide a new link between the states of Nevada and Arizona. In an incredible feat of engineering, the road will be supported on the two massive concrete arches which jut out of the rock face.

The arches are made up of 53 individual sections each 24 feet long which have been cast on-site and are being lifted into place using an improvised high-wire crane strung between temporary steel pylons.



The arches will eventually measure more than 1,000 feet across. At the moment, the structure looks like a traditional suspension bridge. But once the arches are complete, the suspending cables on each side will be removed. Extra vertical columns will then be installed on the arches to carry the road.

The bridge has become known as the Hoover Dam bypass, although it is officially called the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, after a former governor of Nevada and an American Football player from Arizona who joined the US Army and was killed in Afghanistan.
Work on the bridge started in 2005 and should finish next year. An estimated 17,000 cars and trucks will cross it every day.

The dam was started in 1931 and used enough concrete to build a road from New York to San Francisco. The stretch of water it created, Lake Mead, is 110 miles long and took six years to fill. The original road was opened at the same time as the famous dam in 1936. More photos below .

An extra note: The top of the white band of rock in Lake Mead is the old waterline prior to the drought and development in the Las Vegas area. It is over 100 feet above the current water level.









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marwen
05-28-2011, 11:14 AM
Amazing work, and an interesting way of engineering. Thanx for sharing
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Pure Purple
05-28-2011, 11:18 AM
imsadIn my college's quiz competition i was asked to identify this dam and i was not able to answer.
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Endymion
05-28-2011, 11:21 AM
Originally Posted by Khan Rahila
imsadIn my college's quiz competition i was asked to identify this dam and i was not able to answer.
Next time sizta :statisfie But you'll have to share the Trophy with me as i solved the puzzle :D

And What You learn today is "Check Endymion's posts and threads carefully :D :p
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Ğħαrєєвαħ
05-28-2011, 04:40 PM
Assalaamu Alaaykum

Is that a bridge?

It looks a little like a rollercoaster in the 5th pic..

whats all that stuff in the 3rd and 4th pic? They still working to create it? it looks like a building site area thing, where they are still completing it.
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ardianto
05-28-2011, 06:11 PM
Originally Posted by Pєαяℓ σf Wιѕ∂σм
Assalaamu Alaaykum

Is that a bridge?

It looks a little like a rollercoaster in the 5th pic..

whats all that stuff in the 3rd and 4th pic? They still working to create it? it looks like a building site area thing, where they are still completing it.
That rollercoaster is arch of bridge. The bridge road itself will build later.

This is a picture of arch bridge. Now I think you know what the "rollercoaster" for.
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Who Am I?
05-28-2011, 07:03 PM
This looks similar to pictures of a bridge I saw across some river in France.

It looks awesome, but I wouldn't want to drive across it...
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Mr.President
05-29-2011, 02:48 AM
woww awesome engineering !!! really amazing masha allah
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