The Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge Las Vegas, also known
as the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, was the first concrete-steel composite arch
bridge built in the United States, and includes the longest concrete arch in the
Western Hemisphere. Opened on October 19, 2010, the bridge provides a
crossing of the Colorado River for U.S. Route 93, linking the states of Nevada
and Arizona 1,600 feet (490 m) downstream from the Hoover Dam. It is located
approximately 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas. The bridge is the
highest in the nation, at 840 feet (260 m) above the Colorado River. Built as
part of the Hoover Dam Bypass Project, which successfully finished within
budget at a cost of $240 million, the bridge portion cost $114 million.
The walking path, accessible from the Nevada side of the bridge, is
spectacular for viewing and photographing the magnificence of the Hoover
Dam, Lake Mead and the high walls of Black Canyon. To reach the walking
path’s parking area, proceed as if you are driving to the Hoover Dam, not the
Bypass Bridge. The walking path turn off is clearly marked, parking is free and
there are portable toilets available.
Driving directions from Las Vegas:
Take US 93 South toward Boulder City. If you plan to stay a while at the Dam,
Boulder City is a get place to pit stop. Once in Boulder City there will be two
ways to get to the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge. Follow the signs and take the
first turn to Hoover Dam. Otherwise if you want to see historic Boulder City,
take the other route through town.
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