Friday, December 11, 2009


It’s been some years now, but Amalie and I have driven over the top of Hoover Dam. That was the only way to cross from Arizona into Nevada. But now a new bridge at the Hoover Dam is taking shape.

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

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.

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.

The dam was started in 1931 and used enough concrete to build a road from New York to San Francisco. The stretch of water it created, Lake Mead, is 110 miles long and took six years to fill.
The original road was opened at the same time as the famous dam in 1936.

An extra note: The top of the white band of rock in Lake Mead is the old waterline prior to the drought and development in the Las Vegas area. It is over 100 feet above the current water level.

Humor -


1 cup of water

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup of sugar

1 tsp salt

1 cup of brown sugar

4 large eggs

1 cup nuts

2 cups of dried fruit

1 bottle Jose Cuervo Tequila

Sample the Cuervo to check quality. Take a large bowl.

Check the Cuervo again, to be sure it is of the highest quality,

Pour one level cup and drink.

Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. 

Add one peastoon of sugar. Beat again.

At this point it's best to make sure the Cuervo is still ok. Try another cup just in case.

Turn off the mixerer thingy.

Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.

Fick the pruit off the floor.

Mix on the turner. 

If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaters just pry it loose with a drewscriver.

Sample the Cuervo to check for tonsisticity.

Next, sift two cups of salt, or somethin.

Check the Jose Cuervo.

Now shift the lemon juice and strain.

Add one table.

Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find.

Greash the oven.

Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over.

Don't forget to beat off the turner. 

Finally, throw the bowl through the window.

Finish the Cose Juervo and make sure to put the stove in the wishdasher.

Cherry Mistmas !


  1. Just don't eat any JOSE CUERVO CHRISTMAS cookies before attempting to drive across the not-yet completed Hoover Dam bypass.

  2. Amazing. The bridge, I mean. The Jose Cuervo cookies are to be expected with the directions given :-}

  3. We went across that dam when I was a kid. 17000 vehicles a day? Are they sure? There's a whole lot of nothin' out there.