Road to Havasu Riviera nears completion

January 16, 2019

It’s been a long road for the Havasu Riviera.

After years of planning and negotiations with state agencies, development began in 2018 at the site once known as the Havasu 280. Now the road there is nearing completion.

Havasu Riviera Parkway is a joint development project that will link the Havasu Riviera to State Route 95 later this year. According to Lake Havasu City Manager Jess Knudson, the construction of a streetlight at the nearly-finished intersection will be complete by February, and the road itself will be finished by mid-March.

Construction of the road is about a month behind schedule, according to Knudson, due to unexpected issues with grading and removal of heavy rocks in the area.

The Havasu Riviera is one of the city’s most ambitious projects, positioned on the shore of Lake Havasu, about two miles south of Mulberry Avenue. Although full development of the more than 550 acre site isn’t expected to finish for another decade, developers have already begun construction of a six-lane boat launch ramp for use by Havasu visitors and residents.

The project will also include a 250-acre master planned community spanning Havasu’s shoreline, a 300-room resort hotel , a 200-slip marina, a waterfront restaurant and bar and day-use areas. Havasu’s ambitions span beyond the shoreline, however, as the project will also include multi-use paths, an eco-educational center, desert botanical garden, public parks, trails and pathways, a planned future golf course and a convention center.

The Havasu Riviera is a collaboration between Lake Havasu City, Arizona State Parks and Trails and Komick Development, and is expected to be constructed in three phases.

Once the road into the Havasu Riviera is finished, it will be up to Arizona State Parks and Trails and Komick Development to complete their portions of the project, Knudson said.

“The city has fulfilled all of its promises,” Knudson said. “Now it’s time for our partners to develop the properties that are in their control.”

According to Knudson, the construction cost Lake Havasu City more than $2 million, not including utilities and other related costs. As of October, Raging River Management Corporation, a company affiliated with developer Havasu Riviera LLC, has agreed to reimburse the city for upgrades made to the road as construction continues.

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