PHOTO BY: David Wallace/The Arizona Republic
Unlike the infamous Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska, the bridge pictured above, definitely takes you somewhere. This is the Mike O'Callaghan - Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, and it was just opened for public use on Wednesday. Had one of our blog followers not told us about this new bypass, over the Colorado River and by the Hoover Dam, we would have driven 50 miles more than we needed to. Heck, we didn't even know that this bridge was even being built over the past seven years.
PHOTO BY: Michael Schennum/The Arizona Republic
According to Wikipedia, the bridge is the first concrete-steel composite arch bridge built in the United States. It includes the longest concrete arch in the Western Hemisphere and is believed to be the second-highest bridge in the nation. Unfortunately for us, we crossed over this magnificent bridge under the cover of darkness, and were unable to fully appreciate the panoramic views offered while crossing it.
Shortly after 10am, we pulled into Phoenix, AZ after enduring some wicked road construction on Highway 60. It was nice for a change, to see that trucks are not the only vehicles that have to endure restrictions. While driving through Sun City, we saw quite a few signs posted, to have the golf carts a lot of the retirees drive, warning them to stay off the roadways during the road construction.