An elevator ride down 530 feet through a rock wall and a guided tour of a tunnel drilled in the 1930s will be among the activities offering during World of Concrete – those two as part of the Hoover Dam & Bypass Bridge Tour.
Rick Yelton, World of Concrete’s Editor at Large will conduct the visit to two of the world’s most famous concrete structures, and share information on how these concrete structures, built more than 50 years apart, played an important part in the development of new standards in concrete construction.
On the 30-minute drive to the Bridge & Dam area, local docents provide general information on the histories of the Las Vegas and Boulder City areas. While at the Bridge’s Visitor Center, attendees can view displays as well as take in the breathtaking view of the Dam from the Bridge’s pedestrian walkway. This is not for the faint of heart, though: the walk is either up approximately 200 stairs or an inclined path and winds on the pedestrian walkway overlooking the Dam can be brisk.
The tour group will see the Visitors Center’s Museum and, if operational, take a Hoover Dam Power Plant Tour which includes the aforementioned elevator ride and tunnel tour.
The Hoover Dam & Bypass Bridge Tour is just one of the events, educational sessions, exhibits and demonstrations offered during World of Concrete, held at the Las Vegas Center Jan. 23-26.