Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Photo: Mighty Colorado River Gorge


This is a photo from Hoover Dam looking back at the Mike O'Callahan - Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, with the Colorado River far below. The structures on the right are massive utility transmission poles that carry the electricity up from the dam to the transmission complex that I showed about a week ago.

It is difficult to imagine how structures such as this can be built. They built temporary towers on each side of the gorge, strung cables between them, and poured the concrete bridge in place. One of the cables failed during high winds in September 2006 and delayed the project by two years.

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7 comments:

brattcat said...

I must be hungry, Julie. The rock walls look like red meat. Beautiful shot even if it does make me want to go down and put on a pot roast.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

My reaction is the opposite of Brattcat's. The last thing I would think of when looking at a high bridge like this is eating.

Pedro D. H. said...

it's an amazing landscape!

Sharon said...

Wow, gorgeous view from this vantage point. Very ruggeg walls on either side.

Clueless in Boston said...

It is very impressive looking, as is everything with Hoover Dam. Great shot too.

Rob and Mandy said...

The colors in your series are just incredible! Those reds are so red, the blues so blue!

Chasing Sunsets said...

i can almost see every crack and crevice in that gorge. Fantastic shot and the rest of the dam(n) pics have been great as well!!!!! Sorry, had to make it "punny"

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