Saturday, August 21, 2010


Hoover Dam bypass 

Here are a few updated photos of the bridge being constructed to bypass Hoover Dam.  Little by little they are getting closer to completion.

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.  You can see it in the first picture.

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.

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 (photo 5).  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.

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.
See last Picture:

I think you will either howl with laughter, or groan in protest:

Grandma’s Pie

Grannie made such beautiful pies!  One day I asked her, “How do you get such beautiful pies with the crimps around the edge so even?”  “It’s a family secret,” she said, “so promise not to tell.  I roll out the dough, then cut a bottom layer and carefully put it in the pie plate.  Then I slowly pour the filling, making sure it’s not too full.  Next I cut a top layer and put it over the filling.  Finally I take out my teeth and just run them around the edge of the pie crust, and they make the nicest even impressions you ever did see.”

Next post on Monday.


  1. I don't think that's humor. That's a useful pastry tip!

  2. I've been on the old road. We even took a sight-seeing boat down Lake Mead when I was 16--back when no white lines were showing.