A world-class destination resort casino, the MGM National Harbor will offer a luxury hotel, fine dining from local and celebrity chefs, world-class entertainment, shops from among the finest retailers in the world, and a luxurious spa. Upon completion, MGM National Harbor will echo the level of quality of other well-known first-class MGM Resorts, such as Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, and The Mirage. Access to the site is by way of two State highways which front the casino building. Given the sheer size of the casino and the number of parking spaces needed to service the resort, convincing government there will not be a traffic problem was monumental.
The Traffic Group undertook extensive traffic studies, including simulations, parking analyses, and signage design to assure the Maryland State Highway Administration and Federal Highway Administration and local government that the complex interchanges at National Harbor would not be impacted. Overflow parking will be available to house employees during major events at the casino and the signing changes on the Interstate will be key in directing patrons to the proper access points from the Interstate system to the arterial and local road system. Our analyses and designs were approved by all government agencies and MGM National Harbor is going to function in a safe and efficient manner.