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Two of the world's great engineering projects are now drawing attention in southern Nevada: Hoover Dam and the bypass bridge next to it.

People from around the country drive out to visit Hoover Dam and then end up using it as a platform to gaze at the bridge.

At a glance, it looks like a suspension bridge, in which the deck hangs from cables attached to columns. In this case, the cables are used for support in constructing the arch. Once the arch is complete, the cables and the columns come down.

After that, there's still a lot of work to do. The deck has to be built along the top and many miles of the approach need to be blasted out on the Arizona side.

The public should be able to start using the bridge by late 2010.
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Oct 10 2009 05:48 GMT cdc PRO
superb view
Oct 10 2009 14:07 GMT ashdad PRO
Wow! Impressive construction project. Great view of it.
Oct 10 2009 14:47 GMT Lalbabu
Superb view.
Oct 12 2009 21:53 GMT MJGhajar PRO
Thanks, cdc!
Oct 12 2009 21:54 GMT MJGhajar PRO
Thank you, ashdad!
Oct 12 2009 21:54 GMT MJGhajar PRO
Thanks, Lalbabu!
Oct 13 2009 16:49 GMT soldier
Stunning view!!!
Oct 22 2009 03:51 GMT MJGhajar PRO
Thank you, soldier! This is an amazing construction!

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