Work is underway on a new bridge that will provide emergency responders, residents and visitors with a second way to cross the Colorado River in Laughlin.
“I am pleased to move this important infrastructure project forward,” Commissioner Michael Naft said. “The need for a second bridge connecting Laughlin and Bullhead City has been discussed and planned for decades, with federal funding first committed in the 1990s. This bridge is an important transportation element, and it is also critical for emergency responders.”
Commissioner Naft represents Commission District A, which includes the unincorporated township of Laughlin.
At this time, crews are clearing brush and other debris from the project area and staging equipment near the river. Construction of the bridge, which will require significant work in the river, is expected to begin within the next two to three weeks.
The new bridge is expected to be finished by the end of 2023, and will connect Needles Highway on the Nevada side to the southern portion of Bullhead Parkway on the Arizona side.
The bridge will be 724-feet long, and will include a 10-foot-wide multi-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists, in addition to travel lanes for vehicles. The bridge will cost $52.4 million, which includes $27.1 million from Clark County, $20.8 million from the federal government, and $4.5 million from Bullhead City. Fisher Sand and Gravel of Tempe, Ariz., is the contractor for the project.
The existing bridge connecting Laughlin and Bullhead City is on north end of the cities. The second bridge is about 8 miles south of the existing bridge.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 7th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.