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Report: Casino would lead to gridlock

28 April 2008

CALIFORNIA -- A new report paints an ugly picture of gridlock on roadways from Albany to Marin County if a small Indian tribe wins the rights to build a Las Vegas-style casino in unincorporated North Richmond.

"Funded largely by Contra Costa and Marin counties and several nearby cities, the study gauged the traffic ripple at 46 intersections and stretches of Interstate 80 from the proposed Sugar Bowl Casino, along with traffic around the Indian-run casino in San Pablo.

"Six of those 46 intersections already receive 'E' or 'F' traffic scores during peak hours. If the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians builds its proposed 225,000-square-foot casino complex at Richmond Parkway and Parr Boulevard, the added traffic would snarl traffic even more, the report claims.

"By 2011, 13 of the 46 intersections would score an E or F, according to the report. An F means traffic demand exceeds capacity. By 2030, 45 would get an E or F, the report said..."

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