Laughlin Economic Development: Significant Projects
The town of Laughlin, Nevada is positioned to undergo a major expansion. Several projects are underway that will enhance the town’s aesthetic appeal, roadway improvement projects are moving forward and thousands of new homes are planned.
Examples of recent and upcoming projects:
- Laughlin, Nevada’s outdoor recreation is undergoing a multi-million dollar upgrade with its North Reach project. Significant improvements to the Colorado River front from Davis Dam to Laughlin’s Civic Drive will include new hiking and fishing areas, a network of trails and a pedestrian overpass.
- A master plan is being created for 9,000 acres of developable land so that it can be sold or leased for development.
- Landscape improvements and enhancements of more than two miles of Laughlin’s Casino Drive total nearly $15 million and include coordinating several water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades along the town's new thoroughfare.
- A second bridge, expected to be completed by 2013, will provide an additional link across the Colorado River between Laughlin and Bullhead City, Arizona where a large portion of Laughlin’s workforce comes from. It will also reduce traffic congestion and improve emergency services.
- More than 2,000 homes from apartment housing, single family and luxury homes have all been approved for construction in Laughlin. Currently, a multi-million dollar 18-structure housing complex is under construction and could add 900 new residents. The entire project is expected to be completed in 2010.
- Roadway improvements to expand Needles Highway between Laughlin and I-40 in Needles, CA continue. Also a $160 million expansion of US 95 between Las Vegas and Laughlin, creating a divided highway with two lanes in each direction, is complete. The much anticipated major trade route offers Laughlin businesses, residents and visitors a safe and quick route to and from Las Vegas.
- In 2008, both the Nevada State Big Bend Recreation Area and facilities at the county’s Spirit Mountain Park underwent major improvements. Upwards of $5 million in new, full hook-up RV camping areas, trails and boat launch facilities at the state park opened just in time for the rangers to take over operations at a new day use park adjacent to Big Bend on the river. Combined, the two park facilities feature acres of riverfront access, miles of trails and picnic and camping facilites brand new to the region.
- Nearly $7 million has been invested in a brand new Colorado River Community Food Bank, Clothes Closet and the Silver Rider Bus Transit buildings. The bus company is run by the Regional Transportation Commission of southern Nevada and recently received additional money to install bus line fuel pumps, saving public entities thousands of dollars a year in fuel costs.