The Laughlin Town Advisory Board is scheduled to discuss the plan for a second bridge over the Colorado River linking Bullhead City and Laughlin.
The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. today, Nevada time, in the Laughlin Regional Community Center, 101 Civic Way.
According to the meeting agenda, board members could take some sort of action regarding the matter after talking about status, cost-benefit, and feasibility of the bridge “in relation to other Laughlin capital project needs, and recommend possible reallocation of existing project design and construction funds.”
During the board’s November meeting, board members and citizens expressed concern upon hearing from Clark County Public Works that the estimated cost of the bridge has topped $56 million.
“We will discuss, then take what we learn from our discussion as the basis for whatever action we deem appropriate,” LTAB Chairman James Maniaci said in an email sent to the Mohave Valley Daily News.
That might include recommending that the Clark County Board of Commissioners and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada “reallocate existing project design and construction monies,” Maniaci wrote.
Much of the project will be paid for by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada and Clark County; together the two agencies are slated to pay a total of about $33.5 million.
There also is an $18 million federal grant for the project.
Town Manager Brian Paulson also responded by email when asked about the potential nature of the conversation.
“I cannot say what the nature will be beyond discussion of the project’s financials,” Paulson said.
Clark County would construct three miles of road connecting the bridge to Needles Highway. The bridge running across the river would lead to a half-mile extension of Bullhead Parkway on the Bullhead City side of the river.
Bob Leuck, deputy director of Clark County Public Works, said in August that the four-lane bridge would be 724 feet long and resemble the bridge that links Highway 163 with Highway 95 and Casino Drive.
The Bullhead City Council last week postponed naming a contractor for its share of the bridge project. Bullhead City Manager Toby Cotter didn’t provide a concrete reason why it held off.
Cotter has said repeatedly that the city would be glad to renew discussion with Laughlin officials about the scope of the bridge project. He suggested the cost of the bridge could be reduced if it were changed to a two-lane bridge with fewer aesthetic design elements.
Council members approved bonding last month to pay for $3.1 million in infrastructure on the Arizona side to link the Parkway to the bridge.