Arriving at Hoover Dam
We have been to Hoover Dam several times. When we were there in January 2007 they had started the construction of the I-93 by-pass. What a sight. So, our main reason to go there on this trip was to check out the continued construction of the I-93 by-pass. It was suppose to have been completed in 2008, but has been pushed to 2010. This is the interstate that comes from rizona into Nevada. The road now takes you directly across Hoover Dam. However, since September 11, to cross the Dam you have to go through a Homeland Security Check Point at either end. With the completion of the I-93 by-pass the road across the dam will be open to foot traffic only. However, I am not sure I will ever want to drive across the new bridge. You decide for yourself.
So, I am taking names for the first one that wants to volunteer to drive across this bridge.
This is the view of the Colorado River from the Dam Bridge and is directly under the new bridge.
This is a look at Lake Mead from the Nevada side of the bridge. The lake is down about 35' as told by the water line on the rocks.
One last look at the construction.
This is the start of the bridge support, the top of the arch will touch the bridge at the center. There is another one of these on the other side, let's hope it meets in the middle.
Around noon we decided to head back to Vegas and get ready for the rest of the day. Soooooo...
We checked into our hotel, The MGM Grand, and decided since we had started the day at around 4 a.m., we would take a short nap and then go out for the evening. We were on floor 9 in room 424. There were 23 floors. This was one of the smaller hotels.
Around 4:00 and well rested we made our way downtown to eat at The Golden Nugget's Seafood Buffet. YUM. We then spent the rest of the evening dropping a few pennies in some slots and taking in the overhead laser light show. Here are a few of the sights...
This guy has been hanging around Vegas for alot of years
What a day. Tomorrow I will take you on a tour of the Vegas Strip. See you there.