When it's complete in 2012, the Galena Creek Bridge between Carson City and Reno will be the largest bridge of its type in the United States. The 1,722-ft-long and 295-ft-tall bridge was built to divert traffic off of a dangerous stretch of freeway in Northern Nevada. The construction of the bridge hasn't been smooth though. Controversy erupted after the project's original contractor had problems with the planned erection method, that led the Nevada Department of Transportation to terminate the contract and seek a new contractor. Now, the bridge is nearing completion despite being called Nevada's "bridge to nowhere" by critics in the community. We discuss the brief history of the Galena Creek Bridge.
Tony Illia, freelance journalist
Brad F. Durski, resident engineer, NDOT