Those expectations were fulfilled late Wednesday night as Arundel Mills Circle, the loop that goes around the mall complex, was completely jammed, with drivers using the turn lane as a traffic lane. Frustrated drivers heading toward and away from the casino along the loop honked their horns as minutes passed and they made minimal progress.
Traffic was also backed up on Route 100 westbound beyond the Route 295 overpass, and there was heavy congestion on the Route 100 eastbound ramp onto Route 295 southbound.
Cordish spent $10 million for road improvements — including the addition of turn lanes, widened streets and added signage — but the biggest transit renovation to the area is still under construction.
A new interchange at Arundel Mills Boulevard and Route 295 is scheduled to open Monday, though construction will continue through the summer, according to the State Highway Administration.
Maryland Live Casino hours
Sundays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 a.m.