Coast Guard taking comment on bridge project

October 26, 2018 GMT

BULLHEAD CITY — The Eleventh United States Coast Guard District has issued a public notice for comment from mariners on the proposed new bridge project between Laughlin and Bullhead City.

The public notice contains a detailed description of the new fixed bridge and temporary work bridge project, including location maps and bridge drawings with navigational clearances.

Mariners are requested to comment on navigational safety issues, including the need for a bridge protective system, clearance gauges and the extent of nighttime navigation at the proposed bridge site to help determine need for bridge lighting.

Vessel owners are requested to provide information about their vessels including type, overall length, draft, beam and height from the waterline to the highest fixed point and to appurtenant structures.

The General Bridge Act of 1946 requires approval of the location and plans for bridges prior to beginning construction. A Coast Guard Bridge Permit will be required for the project.

The $47 million project is being run under the direction of Clark County, which, along with a federal grant, is funding the project and three miles of road connecting the bridge to Needles Highway. Construction is anticipated to begin next April or May, according to Clark County officials. Construction of the bridge will take 18 to 24 months to complete.

The long-awaited new fixed four-lane bridge will measure 724 feet between abutments with a 10-foot wide multi-use trail on the downstream portion of the bridge, for a total width of 76.25 feet and a 135-foot navigation span between piers 2 and 3.

A 45-foot wide, 700-foot long temporary work bridge will be constructed just downstream of the new bridge, according to the Coast Guard document. Once the fixed bridge construction has been completed, the proposed temporary work bridge will be removed from the waterway.

“It’s pretty exciting,” said Keegan Littrell, Bullhead City Public Works director/city engineer. “Council just approved a resolution showing our support for the project.”

Bullhead City’s fiscal year 2018-19 budget includes about $3.1 million for the city’s portion of funding for the bridge, which includes either a two-lane or four-lane half-mile extension of the Bullhead Parkway.

“We still plan on bidding (the extension project) out with a two-lane and four-lane option and decide once we receive the bids,” Littrell said. “Clark County intends to build the full four-lane bridge but the roadway in Nevada will only be a two-lane.”

The project began in 2006 and environmental studies to consider cultural, biological, and environmental impacts, required by National Environmental Policy Act were completed by 2010.

The Louis Berger Group, Inc., a global corporation with offices in Las Vegas, was selected in 2016 to perform the design work, including the bridge and the approach roadways on both sides of the river.

Comments may be submitted through Nov. 9 online at www.navcen.useg.gov/D11BN and by email to Carl.T.Hausner@uscg.mil. Members of the public also may obtain a copy of the public notice by calling the Eleventh Coast Guard District Bridge Office at 510-437-3516 or by fax at 510-437-5836 and by postal mail to Commander (dpw), Eleventh Coast Guard District, Coast Guard Island, Building 50-02, Alameda, Calif. 94501-5100.