Dec 13, 2001 11:37 PM

Harrah's Entertainment CEO Phil Satre declared traffic on I-15 from Los Angeles to Las Vegas as a major concern to the area gaming industry.

"I-15 is congested, clogged and in need of an angioplasty," Satre said at the opening session of the Governor's Conference on Travel & Tourism.

"We no longer have a to-do list," Satre stated. "We have a must-do list. We must work together to complete this checklist, not only for ourselves but for all of Nevada."

Satre suggests that the state and gaming industry need to re-double their efforts to widen the freeway.

According to a Las Vegas Sun report, the state was facing plunging revenues before Sept. 11 and that relying on gaming alone for a state's tax revenue is "irresponsible."

American Gaming Association CEO Frank Fahrenkopf said that the industry needs to be prepared as well for a proposed NCAA ban on college sports betting. Fahrenkopf also reiterated the AGA's position opposing legalized Internet gambling.