State Ruling Clears the Way for Atlantic City Road Diet Implementation

Posted on: January 27, 2024, 10:00h.

Last updated on: January 27, 2024, 10:00h.

The Atlantic City street narrowing gets the green light from a state judge, overruling casino opposition. Judge Michael Blee rejected the casino plaintiffs’ claim that the project will cause irreparable harm.

Atlantic City road narrowing lawsuit
Atlantic City’s Atlantic Avenue at Caesars. The narrowing of Atlantic Ave. will proceed after a New Jersey judge dismissed arguments against the project raised by five casinos on the Boardwalk. (Image: AP)

New Jersey Superior Court Judge Michael Blee on Friday dismissed an injunction request from five Boardwalk casinos and a local health care system.

Trial Scheduled

The case will head to a full trial, but likely won’t be heard until February 2025. The road-narrowing project is expected to be finished by this spring. The project began last month and is already about half complete.

Casino Foe, Not Friend

Blee’s ruling is his latest decision against the Atlantic City casino industry. In 2022, Blee overturned a deal reached between New Jersey lawmakers and the casinos that sought to significantly reduce the amount of money they pay under their PILOT (payment in lieu of tax) program.

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