Hoover Dam Visitor Center to Open; Tours Resume Tomorrow

Media Contact: Colleen Dwyer , 702-293-8420
Steve Leon , 702-293-8456

For Release: September 19, 2006

The Hoover Dam visitor center and parking garage will open tomorrow and will resume normal operations.

The visitor center opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 6:00 p.m. Tours of the dam's powerplant begin about 9:20 a.m. and run approximately every 15 minutes thereafter until 5:15 p.m.

Bureau of Reclamation officials reopened these facilities after the Federal Highway Administration (FWHA) cleared Highway 93 for vehicle access across the dam. The site had been closed to vehicles since last Friday afternoon due to the collapse of crane towers at the Hoover Dam Bypass construction site.

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