A new bridge soaring across the Colorado River uniting Arizona and Nevada was formally dedicated Thursday, eliminating a 75-mile detour around Hoover Dam.
Named for heroes from different wars, the bridge will be the key part of a faster route between Phoenix and Las Vegas. It is the Western Hemisphere's longest single-span concrete arch bridge and one of the highest in the world, officials said.
The 1,900-foot bridge, which is 890 feet above the river, is part of a $240-million four-lane bypass that will shift traffic away from the two-lane U.S. 93 across Hoover Dam. It is about 1,500 feet south of the dam and crosses over Black Canyon.
After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, authorities banned commercial trucks from crossing Hoover Dam, forcing a 75-mile detour. The bypass is designed to provide a shorter commercial route and unclog the delays caused by security checkpoints at the dam.