Spotlight Project: The Hoover Dam Bypass

I have always been a fan of the Hoover Dam, evident of this is my documented spiritual moment experience during my last visit. I am now glad to report that the Dam will soon boast an equally impressive epilogue to its already impressive history. The nearly completed Hoover Dam Bypass is a 1,060-foot, twin-rib concrete bridge floating majestically over the Colorado River. The bypass for the dam was necessary to provide an easier route for vehicles which have had to traverse the through winding and often maddening journey along U.S. 93.


According to Dave Zanetell, the director of the bypass project for the Federal Highway Administration, the idea of a dam bypass was conceived in the 1960’s and will be completed by the end of the year. Zanetelli notes that just as the dam itself, “everything about this job is first of its kind, the biggest of its kind and unique in terms of challenge.”

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