Cranes Nearly Ready To Finish Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge

By: Kimberly Chandler Email
By: Kimberly Chandler Email

A crane system needed to finish building the Hoover Dam bypass bridge should be up and running this month.

That's according to a federal official overseeing the project.

The new cranes will replace two sets of 280-foot towers that collapsed during high winds in September 2006.

The mishap pushed back the completion date for the bridge over the Colorado River from 2008 to at least 2010.

It is still expected to cost about $240 million -- with primary project contractors Obayashi Corp. and PSM Construction USA absorbing the cost of rebuilding the cranes.

The bridge is being designed to carry four lanes of U.S. Highway 93 traffic between Arizona and Nevada, bypassing a winding two-lane road across the dam.

The highway is a key route between Las Vegas and Phoenix.

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