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BULLHEAD CITY – Construction of a second Colorado River bridge connecting Bullhead City and Laughlin is expected to begin within seven months.

The fly in the ointment is a holdout landowner who has been reluctant to sell.

 

Bullhead City Attorney Garn Emery said all rights of way and property required for the project has been secured, with one exception.

Emery told councilors during their June 5 meeting that the city must secure a four-acre parcel right on the river.

“This is a piece of land that is owned in lease and title by a private party. We’ve been engaging this person for quite some time to try to figure a way to acquire what’s necessary,” Emery said. “Your bridge team is ready to start bidding the major construction work on this (in the) fall, so we need to move ahead with this.”

Emery said city officials will continue trying to acquire the property, but that it might soon be necessary to begin a legal condemnation action.

The Council voted in support of use of eminent domain to acquire the land if necessary.

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