Are roads near Sugarhouse casino ready?

    Philadelphia’s first casino is set to open in September. A local lawmaker worries nearby residents will be stuck in gridlock.

    For several years now community opposition and legal challenges have delayed the construction of two casinos along the Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia. But on Tuesday, slots machines began to arrive at the Sugarhouse Casino in Fishtown.

    A truckload of 85 slots machines arrived at the Sugarhouse casino Tuesday morning. That’s the first of several deliveries totaling 1,600 machines that will be installed at the facility.

    It’s in State Representative Mike O’Brian’s district. He’s still worried about traffic.

    “How are we going to get people in there without disrupting the folks that live real close to it. And sadly with the opening less than sixty days away I haven’t seen that question answered.”

    The general manager for Sugarhouse says the company has worked with the city to establish turning lanes along Delaware Avenue. Wendy Hamilton says because it operates 24 hours, there is no rush-hour effect. She says the casino opens at the end of September.

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