Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) use is now allowed over the Riverside Road Bridge and on Riverside Road between the bridge and Hafen Lane. OHVs traveling in Mesquite can now access the bridge via Hafen Lane and then southbound on Riverside Road.
The Mesquite Police Department worked through the NDOT permitting process with assistance from the Mesquite Public Works Department, the City Manager’s office, and local, county, state, and federal agencies to secure the location as a designated trail connector. The designation allows the operation of OHVs on Riverside Road between Hafen Lane and the bridge, and across the bridge, under NRS 490.90(d) which states an “OHV may operate on a highway if the highway is designated as a trail connector for a trail authorized for use by OHVs, but not for more than 2 miles.”
OHV access to the bridge falls under NRS 490.100(1) which states “A county or city may designate any portion of a highway within the county or city permissible for OHVs for purpose of allowing OHVs to reach a private or public area open for use by OHVs.”
OHV travel across the bridge will reduce the need for residents to trailer their OHV across the “Bunkerville Bridge,” as it is commonly referred to by locals, in order to access the many miles of OHV trails and roadways in the Gold Butte and Virgin Mountain area.
New signs have been posted on Riverside Road giving notice to OHV travelers where the designated trail connector starts and ends.