MassDOT Involved in Casino Road Planning
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — With a casino coming to Western Massachusetts, a major concern is traffic and getting to and from the casino.
Whatever developer gets the license there are major transportation issues to resolve.
Massachusetts transportation Secretary Richard Davey says the state will be working with developers and the communities.
“Transportation’s going to be critical to whatever facilities are built because it’s going to generate a lot of traffic presumably and a lot of folks visiting,” says Davey.
It would be years before a casino is built in Western Massachusetts, would the state Department of Transportation schedule coincide with that of the casino operators to make sure any casino would open on time.
“We’ve got a team already in my department at the D.O.T. that is focused on these proposals and are quietly attending public meetings and are thinking about what would be needed for appropriate access, so again the last thing we want to do is be an impediment to progress,” Davey adds.
Secretary Davey says there a number of issues to resolve and he says those access roads will come on the developer’s dime.
“So whoever wins the license we’re going to have to work with very closely to insure that traffic impacts are mitigated and the developers bring resources to bear because the state is not going to spend precious state dollars,” says Davey.
Secretary Davey says Governor Patrick remains committed to getting casinos built and functioning as quickly as possible once the licenses are granted.