Tales of the Lost
Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge
Recently opened to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge (formally, The Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge) provides a crossing of the Colorado River for U.S. Route 93, linking the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona about a mile downstream from the Hoover Dam. The bridge is located approximately 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, and as its dizzying height suggests, is an ideal spot for making someone disappear – provided you don’t get caught.
Driving over the bridge is unspectacular; there are 7’ tall concrete walls that block any views of Black Canyon from inside a passenger vehicle. On the north side of the bridge (westbound, from Arizona into Nevada), there is a pedestrian bridge that provides outstanding views of Hoover Dam and the portion of Lake Mead that feeds the Colorado River over 1000’ below.