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[On U.S. Highway 93 at Hoover Dam]

This is actually Part 4 of a series (“Crossing the Colorado”) that I began a year ago. I previously wrote of Lee’s Ferry (1871), Navajo Bridge (1929), and Glen Canyon Bridge (1959). These crossings are 600 miles or more upstream from Hoover Dam.

In writing about Glen Canyon Bridge and nearby Glen Canyon Dam (which, while not as well known as Hoover Dam, is every bit as large and impressive), I said this:

“Hoover Dam (1935) calmed the Colorado and provided access from one side to the other by means of the highway built on top. That was a design flaw, as it turned out. Over time, Hoover Dam has developed structural weaknesses because of the traffic up above.”

The “design flaw” is being rectified by construction of the parallel Colorado River Bridge, which is scheduled to open this fall.

The Colorado River Bridge is part of the 3.5-mile long “Hoover Dam Bypass Project” that will “straighten” U.S. 93, in addition to diverting traffic from Hoover Dam.

The Bridge is an architectural wonder: Nearly 2,000 feet long, it looms 900 feet above the Colorado River, connecting Arizona to the east and Nevada to the west.

I was there two weeks ago in 110-degree heat, and could not help but think of the fortitude and stamina required of the workers that have brought this project to completion.

Our good friend, Litz Go, and the company she works for have been involved from the start in the design and construction of the Colorado River Bridge, and I am delighted to dedicate this collage to her.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

36 responses

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (23 Aug 2010):

    A very lovely dedication and a very nice collage of photos.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (23 Aug 2010):

    A wonderful dedication and collage, for sure! And, an outstanding narrative! Very well done...

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (23 Aug 2010):

    A wonderful collage and essay, Dick! What an amazing bridge!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (23 Aug 2010):

    Well done! Been there, done that, but didn't know about the new bridge!

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (23 Aug 2010):

    Great narrative Dick,as usual/and I Love the images....really good work.....!!!!!!!!!

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt   said (23 Aug 2010):

    Great shots Richard. I just heard about this on the news.

  • Dhanny P

    Dhanny P (Deleted) gave props (23 Aug 2010):

    Great collage... and as always good information..


    JOE FAILK gave props (23 Aug 2010):

    Thanks for the info! I guess they don't need a "no fishing" sign on that bridge :)

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (23 Aug 2010):

    Thanks, everyone! LOL @ Joe's remark. Yeah, I'll have to be back in Tennessee to do that!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (23 Aug 2010):

    Perfect work!!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (23 Aug 2010):

    very interesting,great collage and a wonderful dedication ...

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (23 Aug 2010):

    Thank goodness it's almost done! the hour+ waits to go through the security checkpoints and construction traffic can really put an awful ending to a great trip into Arizona... They are opening it to foot traffic in a gala celebration on October 16. Then officially open to vehicle traffic in early Nov. yay!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (23 Aug 2010):

    Dang, that is a few feet of concrete....I think and move to start a campain to re-name the bridge Litz Dam...

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (23 Aug 2010):

    Or Litz Bridge...Love the pov on the lower right image...

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (23 Aug 2010):

    A veritable Litz blitz...:)

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (23 Aug 2010):

    Wonderful collage Dick and such interesting information!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (23 Aug 2010):

    AWEsome!!!!!! I hope I'm not late in my appreciation and comments. I have to listen and dance to the tune of RV"S Litz Go! Thank you so much, RV. You made good of your promise my friend. As for the others, thank you too for your nice comments!!!! Yeah!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (23 Aug 2010):

    LOL @ Steven. Thanks for the thought! =)

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (23 Aug 2010):

    That is a very impressive bridge and the dedication to Litz is well deserved ...Great collage and information.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (24 Aug 2010):

    They should hire you to keep up with the progress. You photographed it so well. Great collage. Great tribute.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (24 Aug 2010):

    Great collage.............. The gorges in this place scares me............

  • dana io

    dana io gave props (24 Aug 2010):

    So you're still in Vegas! : ))

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (24 Aug 2010):

    Great collage of this awesome construction project. You have done so well with these photos, Richard!! I remember it well from my time living son and daughter-in-law still live there very happily. I remember driving across the old road above the dam at midnight when I moved there in could I forget, the headlights went out on my car!!!!!!!! I could not see one thing. It was the scariest time in my entire life. But this is bringing back such fantastic memories of the eight wonderful years I spent living in Vegas. I am so glad you had such a fantastic time too!!!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (24 Aug 2010):

    wonderful dedication Richard!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (25 Aug 2010):

    Awesome photos...and love the narrative/history.....such a writer you are!!! Wonderful trubute!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (25 Aug 2010):

    A wonderful collage.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (26 Aug 2010):

    Some fine panos you got there.

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (26 Aug 2010):

    Love it! Great shot

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne gave props (26 Aug 2010):

    Very interesting and educational, as always!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (26 Aug 2010):

    Wow! I can but imagine the heat as this was being constructed! Phwew doesn't bear thinking about. Wonderful collage and accompaniment of the BEST kind of music. Love the stories you weave around your images Richard.

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (28 Aug 2010):

    I've seen photos of that new bridge (and now, yours). Very well done! Love the collage.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (29 Aug 2010):

    Spectacular collage! Such an informative and interesting narrative too! Love it!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (30 Aug 2010):

    You are a good editor too!

  • Juanita Vivas

    Juanita Vivas (Deleted) gave props (19 Sep 2010):

    Those are some awesome views...thanks for sharing !

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato said (1 Sep 2011):

    Judging by the views of the arch must exceed 200 feet span, but the pictures actually reduces the size, I find this flaw when I go to see my shots, wide-angle effect. However, the immensity of the work is evident by comparing the bridge with cars passing through the above, I'm really impressed, especially by the height of the road surface compared to the Colorado River. From up there you really dominates the valley. Thanks Richard for these small but precious and beautiful photographic documents

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