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Traffic around new Margaritaville expected to decrease with time

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BOSSIER CITY, La. -

Thousands of people flocked to the new Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City Thursday morning. They got a sneak peek at the area's newest attraction.

The casino opened its doors at 8a.m. to give the public its first look at the new facility.

Those who came out were able to view the casino floor and the wide array of table games and slot machines.

They could also set up their players' cards and even try their luck and do a little gambling.

The two-story Margaritaville restaurant was open for those who wanted to sample the food as well as the Banyan Tree Cafe.

One thing you can bet on, is more traffic around Margaritaville and the Louisiana Boardwalk.

Odds are, drivers will be jockeying for prime parking spots, and businesses will be hoping to cash in on the extra traffic.

Traffic in the Margaritaville area seems to be flowing pretty good, except around the two new roundabouts.

But officials at the Boardwalk expect to see a lot more cars in the area.

"Over the last year, Bossier City has been engaged in reconfiguring some of the entrances and street intersections in and around the Boardwalk and the vicinity of Margaritaville Casino," said Mark Natale, Bossier City spokesperson.

He thinks the road work done before Margaritaville opened will alleviate a lot of traffic congestion. They took tips from an engineering firm to decide what would be best for the area.

"They made some readjustments: added some turn lanes, widened some road ways, added two roundabouts," said Natale. "[We] also added another entry point down on Colquitt Street to accommodate the traffic."

Those traveling to the new casino will also have to get use to where to park. Margaritaville just opened a new parking low with 1,500 spaces. It's to the right of the resort, not in front of it.

That's actually for the Bass Pro Shop and the Boardwalk.

"It's new, and anytime something is new, people have to understand the movements a little bit better and the routine," said Ray Tromba, general manager of the Louisiana Boardwalk. "But in a few weeks, I think people will understand it quite well."

Even if the boardwalk sees an increase in traffic, Tromba thinks it's a good problem to have.

"When you look at Margaritaville, you look at the Boardwalk and you even look at the Horseshoe next door, there's a lot of centergy captured right along this corridor," said Tromba. "So we think it's going to be great for the consumer and the customers."

Bossier City Police as well as security for Margaritaville will be out this weekend to help with the traffic flow, and make sure the folks coming out here move both as safe and as quickly as possible.

Margaritaville officials said after Thursday's events they will have to close down for at least 24 hours. They hope to hold the grand opening and ribbon cutting Saturday morning.

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