LAUGHLIN — Goodbye traffic light, hello roundabout.
The Nevada Department of Transportation plans to construct a two-lane roundabout at the intersection of Casino Drive and Nevada State Route 163 as part of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.
NDOT believes the roundabout will improve traffic flow in the Laughlin/Bullhead City area, NDOT public information officer Adrienne Packer said.
The roundabout is a federally funded project, NDOT public information officer Tony Illia said.
“As such, it was determined that a roundabout was the best alternative from our scoping section,” he said.
An NDOT project scoping report completed in January 2015 analyzed the intersection and structure alternatives including connectivity, safety, traffic flow and the “No Build” alternative, he said.
“Roundabouts of this configuration, which is three-fourths 2 lanes, one-fourth 1 lane, work best with this type of traffic flow,” he added.
The majority of the traffic movement is west to south in the morning and north to east in the afternoon and evening, Illia said.
The bridge will not be reconstructed so the project will not impact capacity, he continued.
Work on the project is expected to begin in late 2020 with an estimated cost of $3-4 million, Packers said.
The project will begin after Clark County public works completes the new bridge connecting Laughlin and Bullhead City, Parker said.
Construction for the third Laughlin bridge is expected to begin in April or May 2019 and will take approximately two years to complete.
A drainage project north of the proposed roundabout will also be completed before the roundabout is constructed, Parker said.
Previously, there were talks of having a roundabout placed at the other end of the bridge, at Highway 95 and Bullhead Parkway, by the Arizona Department of Transportation. The Mohave Valley Daily News reported strong opposition by the Bullhead City Council, the mayor, business owners and residents and the project is not listed on ADOT’s website.
For more information on the Casino Drive roundabout, visit estip.nevadadot.com.