Monday, September 28, 2009

Bridge at Glen Canyon Dam Over the Colorado River


The bridge is over the Colorado River and is 1560 feet (475.5 meters) long and 700 feet (213 meters) high.

The Glen Canyon Dam Bridge is the fourth highest bridge in the country. The reservoir it built is Lake Powell.

Before the bridge was built, it was a 192 mile (309 kilometers) drive to the other side of the canyon. What a trek!

In the second photo, you can see the area below where they launch rafts at the bottom. Now there is an adventure. Everyone should go river rafting down the Grand Canyon.

Also, look at the wonderful shadows of the steel girders on the red rock of the cliffs above the Colorado River.

20 comments:

Clueless in Boston said...

Beautiful capture of the bridge over the river. I'm glad I'm not afraid of heights, but I'd be nervous driving over that bridge.

magiceye said...

wow! an amazing structure!

B SQUARED said...

That's quite an engineering feat. Must offer some good photo ops.

PAK said...

Great and amazing bridge!

Sharon said...

Wow, I love this shot of the bridge. It looks like you were standing right on the edge.

Hilda said...

That is an awesome bridge! An engineering feat for sure. A bit scary to ride over though…

Cezar and Léia said...

Very impressive! Great shot dear Julie!
God bless you
Léia

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Whenever you see engineering marvels such as this you have to wonder how did they build it. How did the first few girders get attached to the side of the canyon, and how did they stay in place?

Halcyon said...

Very impressive. I think I would have been nervous just taking this picture!

Frank said...

Very cool bridge. I love the way it seems to just grow out of the side of the cliff.

Lois said...

What an amazing structure!

Layrayski said...

must be great to go water rafting there. it must be beautiful. sigh.

brattcat said...

The way you've shot these makes the bridge look a bit unnerving.

JM said...

It's amazing how the bridge 'ends' on the red wall! Fantastic subject and shots, Julie!

glenda said...

This is really a fantastic shot of the bridge. This bridge was quite an accomplishment.

~Cheryl said...

This is every bit as incredible as the Hoover Dam ... amazing!

Don and Krise said...

Holy guacamole! That is some bridge. When I showed my wife she had me look up pictures of the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado. Another awesomely scary looking one.
Absolutely stunning photos Julie.

Gaelyn said...

The story of building the bridge and dam is amazing.

I want to raft the river so bad! Maybe next summer.

Bibi said...

This is gorgeous. Caught my eye right away, and I'd love to see it in person.

BeachILike said...

It is really awesome! Human could create such thing.


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