Mohave County
June 2024
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Silver Copper Crossing bridge officially opens in June 2024

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June 2024

RIVER CITIES – The highly anticipated Silver Copper Crossing bridge officially opened June 7, 2024, connecting Laughlin, Nevada, and Bullhead City, Arizona. The new bridge is expected to significantly enhance economic activity, improve transportation efficiency, and strengthen the bond between the two communities.
By providing a more efficient route for transportation, the bridge will facilitate cross-river commerce and enhance access to various services and entertainment options. This improved connectivity is anticipated to attract new businesses and boost tourism, which are vital for the local economy.
The journey to the Silver Copper Crossing’s completion has been marked by extensive planning and collaboration. The project’s funding has been sourced from multiple stakeholders: the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada has earmarked a substantial $34.1 million, the federal government has provided $20.9 million, Bullhead City has allocated $4.5 million, and Clark County has invested $1 million.
The bridge’s construction has been a long-standing goal for local leaders and community members, who have recognized the need for improved infrastructure to support the region’s growth. “This second bridge spanning the Colorado River has been decades in the making,” said Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft. “Its completion will facilitate the flow of traffic and commerce across the river, and I’m looking forward to celebrating this historic milestone with our residents.”
The bridge’s opening coincides with the development of the Emerald Bay project. This nearly 500-acre luxury resort and residential area is set to offer high-end amenities and housing options, further boosting Bullhead City’s economic prospects. The proximity of the new bridge to Emerald Bay will enhance accessibility and attract potential investors and residents.
Bullhead City Mayor Steve D’Amico has expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming opening, stating, “We are thrilled to celebrate the opening of the new bridge for our communities. We look forward to years of improved transportation between Laughlin and Bullhead City.”
One of the significant advantages of the Silver Copper Crossing is its potential to alleviate traffic congestion on the existing Laughlin Bridge, which has been in service since 1987. By providing an additional route, the new bridge will reduce travel time and improve overall traffic flow in the region. This is particularly beneficial for emergency response teams, as the bridge will improve their ability to reach incidents quickly and efficiently.
Moreover, the bridge’s modern design and construction standards ensure it can handle the increasing traffic demands expected as the region grows.
The Emerald Bay development is a significant factor in the anticipated economic boom following the bridge’s opening. This ambitious project spans nearly 500 acres and is designed to be a luxury resort and residential community. It will feature high-end amenities, including a resort hotel, upscale dining options, recreational facilities, and luxury housing. The development is strategically planned to capitalize on the improved access provided by Silver Copper Crossing, thereby fostering a synergistic relationship between the new infrastructure and the resort community.
The influx of tourists and residents due to Emerald Bay is likely to spur further development in surrounding areas, creating job opportunities and stimulating the local economy. This project represents a significant investment in Bullhead City’s future, aligning with the broader goals of regional growth and development.
The name “Silver Copper Crossing” was chosen to honor the heritage and economic significance of the two states it connects. Nevada, known as the “Silver State,” and Arizona, with its rich history in copper mining, both played vital roles in the bridge’s conception and construction. This name symbolizes the unity and shared prosperity the bridge aims to foster.
The bridge’s completion heralds a new era of economic opportunities, enhanced transportation, and stronger community ties. With the combination of improved infrastructure and the ambitious Emerald Bay development, the region is well-positioned for significant growth and prosperity in the years to come.
–Jeremy Webb

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