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Cool pics - Hoover Dam bypass build

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by petersharp, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. Oct 28, 2009 at 3:57 PM
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    petersharp

    petersharp [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I just got this email, how cool would it be to be on that platform 900' above the water?! :eek:

    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.

    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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  2. Oct 28, 2009 at 4:02 PM
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    tim920

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    Nice pictures.
     
  3. Oct 28, 2009 at 4:03 PM
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    oldtacomaguy

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    Nice pictures. I really like the third picture with the cables and the kayaks in the water below the bridge.
     
  4. Oct 28, 2009 at 4:03 PM
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    thestrangebrew

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    Wow that's awesome. No way in hell would I be caught working at that height!
     
  5. Oct 28, 2009 at 4:04 PM
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    ColtsTRD

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    Its amazing isn't it? Great post bud :thumbsup:
     
  6. Oct 28, 2009 at 4:19 PM
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    petersharp

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    Yeah I thought that was cool. I'm sure those kayakers are pleased to get themselves in such a great pic. I also liked the pic showing the platform between the 2 roadways. Man, that would be cool to walk across there.
     
  7. Oct 28, 2009 at 4:24 PM
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  8. Oct 28, 2009 at 4:28 PM
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    PreRunnerSeth

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    always amazed by their ability to start something like that on two different sides and have them meet perfectly aligned in the middle.
     
  9. Oct 29, 2009 at 3:23 AM
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  10. Oct 29, 2009 at 3:29 AM
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    I want to drive over that. :D
     
  11. Oct 29, 2009 at 4:34 AM
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    Way cool!!
     
  12. Oct 29, 2009 at 4:48 AM
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    sockmonkey

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    holy shit, that lake is low!!

    100 ft above current level is prob only 30 ft above the level it should be
     
  13. Oct 29, 2009 at 5:14 AM
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    Yeah, the lake is extremely low :(. They have had to close some boat docks and move the ones left a few times, the launch ramps are in horrible condition also. The level dropped so quickly at times they couldn't put out warnings over the new rocks, boaters were told to use extreme caution. We sold our boat last winter, didn't spend much time on the lake this summer.

    But I've seen various stages of progress on the bridge and it is pretty awesome :thumbsup:.
     
  14. Oct 29, 2009 at 5:52 AM
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    paintdiddy

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    awesome pics. that job is keeping alot of people working and thats cooler than the pics
     
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