Davis Dam road to be closed off indefinitely

BULLHEAD CITY – The Bureau of Reclamation will close the road over Davis Dam on Monday, April 12, at 8 a.m.

The closure will be in effect indefinitely.

Pedestrian access to the dam will still be allowed.

The closure is the latest in a series of security measures the Bureau of Reclamation has taken at the dam since 1997, when self-guided tours of the dam were discontinued.

After Sept.

11, 2001, truck traffic over the dam was prohibited, and a contractor was hired to provide 24-hour security at the dam.

In 2003, the roadway was closed to all vehicles exceeding one ton in weight.

The dam road served as a major crossing point over the Colorado River until 1987, when a new bridge was completed two miles downstream of the dam between Bullhead City and Laughlin, Nev.

Reclamation discussed the possible closure of the road with Mohave County and Clark County, Nev.

officials before deciding to proceed with it, a U.S.

Department of the Interior press release said.

Completed in 1953, Davis Dam re-regulates releases from Hoover Dam to help the United States meet its Colorado River water delivery obligations to Mexico, provide incidental flood control and provide some electrical power for users in Arizona, Nevada and California.