Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge // © 2010 Monica Poling
The Colorado River Bridge opened this week with a public celebration on Oct. 16. The bridge is part of the Hoover Dam Bypass Project, a 3½-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, then terminating in Mohave County, Ariz., near milepost 1.7 on U.S. 93.
The Colorado River Bridge is one of the central portions of the Hoover Dam Bypass Project. Construction of the nearly 2,000-foot-long bridge began in January 2005, and the completion of the entire Hoover Dam Bypass Project is expected by the end of this year. The bridge spans the Black Canyon, connecting the Arizona and Nevada approach highways nearly 900 feet above the Colorado River.