BULLHEAD CITY – Bullhead City Manager Toby Cotter is frustrated that he can’t generate interest in naming two bridges that will link Bullhead City in Arizona with Laughlin on the Nevada side of the Colorado River. Many have long called the first bridge funded by town founder Don Laughlin “The Laughlin Bridge”, but Cotter said the structure bears only a number and has never been formally named by the government.
A second unnamed bridge currently under construction should be completed by early 2024. And Cotter said the Bullhead City Council request to brand the first bridge has been ignored.
“It needs a name. We passed a resolution three years ago saying we would like to advocate that this be the Laughlin Bridge,” Cotter said. “We sent it over to Clark County (Nevada) the (Laughlin) town board, all the county administrators, state of Arizona, state of Nevada and it’s basically stuck in Nevada and they won’t move on it.”
News media inquiry sent on November 16 to Michael Naft, the Clark County Commissioner whose district includes Laughlin, and Mark Moscowitz, who handles Naft’s affairs in the Colorado River community, also drew no response.
“I don’t know why this is so hard,” Cotter said. “We were quick to name the Pat Tillman Bridge, but I can’t get a single person to have a conversation with me from the state of Nevada to get this done.