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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

It's a project that will change the traffic flow for many Lake Charles area residents.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has chosen a plan to deal with the traffic issues associated with the Ameristar Casino Project in Lake Charles.

Officials said the plan will also ease traffic problems in the area around Nelson Road.

Because of the costs of the plan, DOTD wants the groups that will benefit from the casino project to help pay for it.

For its part, the Port of Lake Charles said it would help pay the $20 million over the next five years.

Port officials hope others will help out.

"The city, the parish, the school board and hopefully all the entities that receive tax dollars from the new casino which includes education, the tourist bureau and so forth, hopefully all of them will pass proposals in recognition that will take the 20 million dollars and get it supplied for our local contribution to DOTD in order to get the project up and going," said Bill Rase, executive director of the Port of Lake Charles.

Bill Rase said the port's decision means it won't get $700,000 a year from the new casino for the first five years.

Ameristar spokesperson Roxanne Kincaid told KPLC that Ameristar has also committed $20 million to the project. She said all of the money spent thus far on the design phase has been funded by Ameristar.

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