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Hoover Dam Bypass Project: An Update
Posted By Rex Vogel On September 17, 2010 @ 2:23 pm In Activities & Attractions,Historic Places & Landmarks,Other Great RV Routes,Roads & Routes,Scenic Byways/Historic Routes | No Comments
Construction began in 1931 and Hoover Dam  was completed in 1936. It still stands tall as an engineering marvel high above the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada.
Named one of the Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th Century, Hoover Dam attracts over 7 million visitors from around the world every year.
A National Historic Landmark, Hoover Dam is the highest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere, standing at 725 feet in height and 1,244 feet in length. At its base, Hoover Dam is 660 feet thick which is 60 feet longer than two football fields laid end-to-end. Combined with its top thickness of 45 feet, there is enough concrete (4.5 million cubic yards) in Hoover Dam to build a two-lane highway from Seattle, Washington to Miami, Florida. Or imagine a four-foot wide sidewalk around Earth at its equator.
With 17 generators producing 4 billion kilowatts of electricity a year, it also is one of the country’s largest hydroelectric power facilities.
Hoover Dam Bypass Project
United States Highway 93 (U.S. 93) has been designated a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) route. The increasing congestion caused by the switchbacks leading to the Hoover Dam site and the restrictions at the dam crossing have led to the development of the Hoover Bypass Project.
The Hoover Dam Bypass Project  is a 3.5-mile corridor beginning at approximately milepost 2.2 in Clark County, Nevada and crossing the Colorado River approximately 1,500 feet downstream of the Hoover Dam, and terminating in Mohave County, Arizona near milepost 1.7 on U.S. 93.
Some key facts
The Hoover Dam Bypass is made up of six distinct, yet overlapping, phases of Bypass construction:
Construction of the Bypass remains on schedule for opening to traffic in November 2010.
The Bridging America Event at Hoover dam is scheduled for October 16, 2010. To continue reading about this special event, click here .
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