The Bridging America at the Hoover Dam Event is scheduled for Saturday, October 16, 2010, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
This public event is a celebration of the completion of the Hoover Dam Bypass. The Bypass will NOT be open to traffic at this time and visitors can walk on the bridge deck, visit informative displays, take photographs, and generally “experience” the bridge.
Parking and shuttles
Attendees will be instructed to follow signs to the event parking lots in the area of the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. Parking areas are remote and attendees will be required to take shuttles from the parking areas to the Bridge deck area. Complimentary shuttle service will run throughout the day, with the last shuttle service from a parking lot to the Bridge Deck at 4 p.m.
Attendees should be prepared for extended periods of standing and walking on a variety of surfaces, some uneven and at different grades. Parking lots are large and may require walking on dirt to get to a shuttle stop. Because over 10,000 people are expected to attend the event, there may be waits for shuttle/bus service and a one-way ride may take 30-45 minutes. High temperatures, dry and extremely windy conditions with minimal shade are common in the Hoover Dam area. It is recommended that attendees be prepared for these conditions, armed with water, hats, sunscreen, long pants, and comfortable shoes for comfort and protection.
On the bridge
The Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge is an engineering marvel nine years in the making. The bridge deck is 1,900 feet long with few shaded areas.
Construction of the Hoover Dam Bypass remains on schedule to be completed, with traffic moving on it, by November 2010.
If you are unable to attend the Bridging America event, you will have opportunities in the future to walk the bridge.
Once the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge is open to traffic, visitors will be able to access the pedestrian walkway from the parking area during daytime hours.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.