A legal battle is brewing in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as casino operators and AtlantiCare have filed a lawsuit to stop a project that aims to reduce the lanes of Atlantic Avenue. The project, labeled as a “road diet,” seeks to reduce the lanes from four to two along a stretch of Atlantic Avenue between New Hampshire and Boston Avenues.

The plaintiffs, which include Tropicana, Resorts, Bally’s, Hard Rock, and Caesars, argue that the city needs approval from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) for the proposed project. They claim that the project falls under the jurisdiction of the CRDA, which oversees tourism in Atlantic City.

One of the major concerns raised by the plaintiffs is the potential for increased traffic congestion as a result of the lane reduction, which could hinder emergency vehicles from reaching AtlantiCare’s emergency facility. They also argue that a comprehensive study on the impact of the project on traffic was not conducted.

In response, the city’s defense team has disputed the claims made by the plaintiffs, stating that the project does not require approval from the CRDA. They also assert that the project was accompanied by a traffic study that examined its impact on traffic. The city’s defense argues that the reduction in lanes will not impede the flow of emergency vehicles.

The case is scheduled to return to court on January 26, 2024, where both parties will present their arguments in front of Judge Michael Blee. The outcome of the lawsuit will determine the fate of the road diet project on Atlantic Avenue.

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