Tuesday, August 3, 2010


The Hoover Dam Bypass
I recently received an up update on the building a new bridge over the Colorado River...

Creeping closer inch by inch, 900 feet above the mighty Colorado River, the two sides of a $160 million bridge at the Hoover Dam slowly take shape.  The bridge will carry a new section of US Route 93 past the bottleneck of the old road which can be seen twisting and winding around and across the dam itself.

HB1 When complete, it will provide a new link between the states of Nevada and Arizona . In an incredible feat of engineering, the road will be supported on the two massive concrete arches which jut out of the rock face.

HB2 The arches are made up of 53 individual sections each 24 feet long which have been cast on-site and are being lifted into place using an improvised high-wire crane strung between temporary steel pylons.

The arches will eventually measure more than 1,000 feet across. At the moment, the structure looks like a traditional suspension bridge. But once the arches are complete, the suspending cables on each side will be removed. Extra vertical columns will then be installed on the arches to carry the road. The bridge has become known as the Hoover Dam bypass, although it is officially called the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, after a former governor of Nevada and an American Football player from Arizona who joined the US Army and was killed in Afghanistan. Work on the bridge started in 2005 and should finish next year. An estimated 17,000 cars and trucks will cross it every day.

It’s interesting to read about the the construction of the Hoover Dam. There’s an interesting video about the dam’s construction on YouTube.

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
When I was employed in industry, we found it useful for the company and departments within the company to have Mission and Vision statements.

These concepts might be good in our personal life.
Do you have a vision for yourself? Where/what do you want to be 5 years from now? 10 years? In eternity?
Do you have a mission in life?

Quote of the Day
If you don't know where you are going,
you will probably end up somewhere else. 
~Lawrence J. Peter

Joke of the Day

More Definitions:

An insect that makes you like flies better.

Grape with a sunburn.

Something you tell to one person at a time.

A bunch of bones with the person scraped off.

The pain that drives you to extraction.


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