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RIVERBOAT TRAFFIC STUDY RELEASED

 WEST DUNDEE, Ill., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The effects of traffic to and from the proposed Fox River Resort would be "minimal," adding only a second or two to the rush-hour travel times of West Dundee commuters, according to a traffic study released Saturday.
 The Barton-Aschman Associates traffic study reviewed the effects on traffic conditions if the hotel, entertainment and riverboat complex was built on a dead-end access road off Route 31 about one-third mile from the Northwest Tollway.
 Computer simulations, existing traffic patterns, field studies, interviews with local officials, and a site visit to assess Joliet's experience with riverboat traffic were among the factors considered in the study, which was commissioned by Mirage Resorts (NYSE: MIR).
 Barton-Aschman concluded that turn-lane and other traffic improvements proposed by the developer would "provide efficient access to the site with minimal interruption of through or nonsite traffic."
 The study projected that 79 percent of riverboat guest and employee traffic would be confined to the area between the complex and the tollway. It also said that 7 percent of the traffic would come down Route 31 from the north, while 14 percent would come from the south.
 The traffic study further projected that during afternoon rush hour riverboat-related traffic through the Route 31 - Route 72 intersection would increase only 1 percent.
 Barton-Aschman also noted that the Fox River Resort developer "plans to time its cruises to minimize traffic impacts."
 The Evanston-based internationally recognized traffic engineering and transportation planning company has been in operation since 1946.
 The "Traffic Evaluation" report was delivered last Friday, as previously promised, to West Dundee's Riverboat Task Force for its consideration.
 Barton-Aschman Associates' Fox River Resort Project Summary
 -- A comprehensive traffic study was conducted that modeled existing and proposed conditions (using the Federal Highway Administration computerized network simulation model).
 -- Travel time (in seconds) required from Toll Gate Road through Boncosky Road northbound and southbound is as follows:
 A.M. Peak Hour P.M. Peak Hour
 Northbound Southbound Northbound Southbound
 Existing traffic
 conditions 27 30 28 34
 Proposed traffic
 conditions 28 30 29 36
 -- Seventy-nine percent of the patron traffic will be to and from the Northwest Tollway.
 -- The highest peak-hour traffic volume occurs during the tail end of the evening peak hour, when there will be approximately 375 inbound and 370 outbound movements.
 -- During the p.m. peak hour, site-generated traffic represents approximately 50 vehicles or 1 percent of the volume through the IL 31/IL 72 intersection.
 -- The provision of a separate left-turn and right-turn lane on IL 31 and a five-lane site access drive, along with traffic signalization, will adequately serve the site while minimizing the impact to through (nonsite) traffic.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Copies of the complete report are available to the media by contacting Alan Feldman/
 /CONTACT: Alan Feldman, vice president - public relations of Mirage Resorts, 708-551-3413/
 (MIR)


CO: Fox River Resort; Mirage Resorts ST: Illinois IN: TRN SU:

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