Glen Canyon
Statistics about Glen Canyon Dam
Height of the dam above bedrock: 710 feet (216 m)
(Glen Canyon Dam is the second highest dam in the United States (after Hoover Dam which is 16 feet taller)
Thickness of lowest point of foundation: 300 feet (91 m)
Thickness at crest: 25 feet (7.4 m)
Crest length: 1,560 feet (475 m)
Volume of concrete in dam: 4,901,000 cubic yards (3,750,00 cubic meters)
Cost of dam: $187,000,000
Total cost of dam, powerplant, town of Page, and other infrastructure: $314,000,000
Construction authorized: April 11, 1956
Construction begins (diversion of Colorado River): February 11, 1959
First bucket of concrete June 17, 1960
Last bucket of concrete September 13, 1963
First power generation September 4, 1964
Statistics about Glen Canyon Bridge
Second highest steel bridge in the United States
Length (span): 1,028 feet (313.3 m)
Height above Colorado River: 700 feet (213 meters)
Construction begins: February 1957
Construction ends: January 1959
Statistics about Lake Powell
Start of storage: March 13, 1963
Completion of initial filling: June 22, 1980
Elevation of lake level at full capacity: 3,700 feet (1,128 m)
Capacity when full: 26,215,000 acre feet (32,336 million cubic meters)
Surface area when full: 266 square miles (68,900 hectares)
Length when full: 186 miles (299 km)
Miles of shoreline: 1,960 miles (3,150 km)
Depth of water at dam when full: 560 feet (171 m)
Source of data: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, 2008
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