By Miriam Raftery
Photos courtesy of Deerhorn Valley Antler and Ray Conser
October 11, 2016 (Jamul) – Opening of the Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego yesterday caused extreme traffic delays of to several hours, according to the California Highway Patrol and residents. The Deerhorn Valley Antler reported 2-4 hour delays. Traffic on State Route 94 (Campo Road) was backed up for many miles, all the way from Otay Lakes Road in the south and from Kenwood Drive in Spring Valley in the north.Side roads such as Lyons Valley Road and Skyline also became jammed.
CHP’s incident page logged multiple complaints of motorists parking on both sides of highway 94 and other nearby streets illegally after the casino parking lot, which holds 1,800 vehicles, filled to capacity. There were reports of vehicles making illegal U-turns, passing illegally, and making right turns from a left-hand lane, as well as motorists walking along the roadway. One caller voiced distress, reporting that her vehicle overheated and her daughter was home along, per the CHP log. On Brush Fire Partyline’s Facebook page, Melissa Woodall worried about her children stuck in traffic on a school bus with no air conditioning. John MJodline wrote that it took two hours to get his son at Steele Canyon High school, where dozens of kids were stranded waiting for parents and some students crossed a dangerous thoroughfare.