Traffic bound for new Toledo casino causes backups

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Officials say the new casino in northwest Ohio caused traffic backups along a nearby highway during its opening week as people packed into the venue.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Transportation says traffic backed up sporadically on Interstate 75 on Friday and Saturday evenings as more visitors tried to exit to the parking garage for the Hollywood Casino Toledo. Police say they temporarily rerouted some of the cars toward alternate parking.

The Blade newspaper (http://bit.ly/KrLwn8 ) reports officials expect the backups to ease once the initial excitement dies down.

The facility was Ohio's second casino to open, after one in downtown Cleveland. Voter-approved casinos also are being constructed in Cincinnati and Columbus.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

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