I didn’t have a lot of time to play with camera settings when taking this picture. Most of the photos I took that morning didn’t come out all that great. I was fairly tired when I tried to get some shots of this world famous location. This was my first time visiting Hoover Dam. Security measures now in place limit the types of vehicles that can cross the dam. It’s my understanding that on this day that security level was higher than normal.
The unfinished bridge is an engineering marvel that is almost equal to the Hoover dam itself. This photo shows that there are at least two concrete decks needing to be installed before the road deck is complete. The span will be known as the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. Once the Hoover Dam Bypass is complete no traffic will be allowed on the dam itself. That of course will be the end of an era.
Depending on which direction you are traveling. You will find the Hacienda Hotel and Casino when leaving or going to the Hoover Dam. My photos of that location did not turn out.
“Additionally, in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks there are significant security concerns. Because of the attack, the Hoover Dam Bypass project was expedited. Traffic across Hoover Dam is presently restricted. Some types of vehicles are inspected prior to crossing the dam while semi-trailer trucks, buses carrying luggage, and enclosed-box trucks over 40 feet (12 m) long are not allowed on the dam at all. That traffic is diverted south to a Colorado River bridge at Laughlin, Nevada.”
High winds caused two cranes involved in the construction of a bypass bridge around Hoover Dam to collapse in September 2006.