The planned intersection of Golden Nugget Boulevard and L’Auberge Avenue will see a few changes. The City Council on Wednesday passed a resolution to send to the Federal Highway Administration expressing no objection to the intersection changes recommended by Stantec Consulting Services Inc. for the Ameristar Drive connection with L’Auberge Avenue.
Mayor Randy Roach said the resolution was just the city doing its part in the process.
“The reason they’re asking this is what we agreed to do as a city was when this project was completed and when the roads were constructed, we would accept them for ownership and maintenance,” Roach said. “So the Federal Highway Administration, before they signed off on it, they wanted to have the city at least express an opinion and our opinion is the resolution that was drafted.”
Both the Golden Nugget Casino and L’Auberge Casino Resort submitted a letter to the city in June asking for the design replacement.
The previous plan for the intersection was for it to be a roundabout. That proposal would have required each vehicle to yield to all other vehicles in the roundabout.
The new proposal uses a stop control intersection. In this proposal, the intersection would operate with free-flowing traffic casino-bound from the I-210 West frontage road and south along L’Auberge Avenue. The only traffic experiencing the stop would be eastbound traffic on Golden Nugget Boulevard turning left onto L’Auberge Avenue.
Those eastbound vehicles would have to stop at the intersection and wait for an opening between the vehicles exiting the interstate before making their left turn.
Part of the thought process in the new design is that most of the traffic anticipated to use L’Auberge Avenue will be vehicles headed to the casinos. Drivers headed to destinations besides the casino would most likely exit at the Nelson Road interchange or at the new Cove Lane interchange.