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[On U.S. Highway 93 at Hoover Dam]
This is actually Part 4 of a series (â€œCrossing the Coloradoâ€) that I began a year ago. I previously wrote of Leeâ€™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:
â€œHoover 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.â€
The â€œdesign flawâ€ 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 â€œHoover Dam Bypass Projectâ€ that will â€œstraightenâ€ 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!
Also by Richard Knight
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