In Retrospect: The Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

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Across The Colorado River Canon EOS Rebel T21 October 26, 2010

Across The Colorado River
Canon EOS Rebel T21
October 26, 2010

The Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge spans the Colorado River between the states of Arizona and Nevada. Construction of the bridge approaches began in 2003, and construction of the bridge itself began in February 2005. The bridge was completed in 2010 and the entire bypass route opened to vehicle traffic on October 19, 2010. This photo was taken just one week later, when traffic was still pretty much non-existent. The bridge was the first concrete-steel composite arch bridge built in the United States,[5] and incorporates the widest concrete arch in the Western Hemisphere. At 900 feet (270 m) above the Colorado River, it is the second highest bridge in the United States after the Royal Gorge Bridge, and is the world’s highest concrete arch bridge.

(On January 7, 2017 I had the brilliant idea to start a second blog called In Retrospect to highlight some of my older images. That idea was actually not so smart because I found there was no real need for a second blog. It just took additional time and the theme I chose never worked properly. So after one month, I shut it down. I will continue with my bright idea here, and will post every Saturday Friday. The images will be from 2009 through 2015. But no later. For now.)

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Man Made Items Re-post

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Hoover BridgeThe Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, spanning the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada, opened in 2010. Taking 7 years and approximately $240 million to build, the bridge was the first concrete-steel composite arch bridge built in the United States. It incorporates the widest concrete arch in the Western Hemisphere, and at 840 feet (260 m) above the Colorado River, is the second-highest bridge in the United States. It is also the world’s highest concrete arch bridge. The bridge is located approximately 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, and carries U.S. Route 93 over the Colorado River. It was the key component of the Hoover Dam Bypass project. (Source:Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

For photos taken during construction, please visit Travel With Intent.

Originally posted January 15, 2014

Everyone knows someone who knows something about everything! You can quote me on that. For us, it is our neighbor, Max. That is not his real name but I like the name Max. Maybe I shouldn’t use a name I like for this windbag as I will forever associate that name with him. OK, let’s call him by a letter. How about Q? There are so few names that start with Q.  I can only think of Q from Star Trek, who is said to be omnipotent. Our Q would have everyone believe he is omnipotent, or at least all knowing. He lives across and two houses up the block from us. If we are in our backyard and he is in his garage, with the garage door down, we can still hear him. He is loud, and has an opinion about everything. When we first mentioned that we had gone out to Boulder City to see the new bridge, he wasted no time in elucidating all the shortcuts taken by the builders in order to save money and time. He is convinced that one day the bridge will fall into the river below. He does not say specifically when this catastrophe might occur but the bridge is already 4 years old. How many more years might it have, if Q is to be believed? I’m not sure I actually do believe him. But I know that whenever we go across it, 70 mph just doesn’t seem fast enough. I try for at least 100 mph so that I may be assured of jumping the chasm that might open up below us if it does fall while we are driving across.

Oh, and Happy New Year!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Man Made Items

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Hoover Dam BridgeThe Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge spans the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada. It opened in 2010, taking 7 years and approximately $240 million to build. The bridge was the first concrete-steel composite arch bridge built in the United States, and it incorporates the widest concrete arch in the Western Hemisphere. At 840 feet (260 m) above the Colorado River, it is the second-highest bridge in the United States, following the Royal Gorge Bridge. It is also the world’s highest concrete arch bridge. The bridge is located approximately 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, and carries U.S. Route 93 over the Colorado River. It was the key component of the Hoover Dam Bypass project. (Source:Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

For more man made items of interest, please see Cee.

For photos taken during construction, please visit Travel With Intent.