Murphy - A short road the N.C. Department of Transportation finished building this summer is a popular stretch of pavement this afternoon.
A steady flow of traffic has been traveling to 777 Casino Parkway in Murphy for the grand opening of Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel. It’s a route that’s already become routine for more than a thousand new employees who’ve spent the last few weeks getting ready for guests.
“From the start, we had to figure out how we’d get everyone up here,” explains Harrah's Senior Vice President Brooks Robinson. “Partnering with NCDOT has been phenomenal, from planning to building and completing this beautiful parkway on time. Along with staff, we expect thousands of visitors using the road each day.”
NCDOT built water and sewer connections to the property, so crews could move ahead with building a road linking the casino complex to U.S. 64/74. The total design and construction cost is $11.5 million. The Eastern Band of Cherokee is reimbursing the state $776,000 for the utility work.
“We’ve worked closely with all the entities involved with this development, including the Eastern Band of Cherokee, Cherokee County, the town of Murphy, and our contractors, Adams Contracting and Simpson Construction,” says Brian Burch, Construction Engineer for NCDOT’s 14th Division, which covers the western-most part of the state.
That collaboration led to the nearly mile-long Casino Parkway, now used by nearly 1100 employees to get to their jobs at Harrah’s 50-thousand square foot gaming space, 300-room hotel, and five-outlet food court.
“Those are employees who are buying homes here, shopping in local stores, and eating in restaurants,” adds Robinson, who also anticipates visitors exploring area merchants as well.
“It’s great to see the road in use by people getting to work, as well as the many people coming to visit,” says Ed Green, NCDOT Division Engineer. “It’s exciting to think of the additional economic possibilities down the road that will come about from this development.”
A steady stream of traffic on Casino Parkway, for the grand opening of Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel.