SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A casino could bring thousands of extra vehicles into the city daily.
Part of the city’s phase two casino application process requires both Penn National Gaming and MGM Resorts International to submit traffic studies.
Wednesday, the city posted MGM’s study on the casino web page. Penn National’s was made public a few weeks ago.
Both looked at 15 intersections surrounding the two companies proposed sites.
MGM studied traffic patterns from August to November of 2012.
“We want to make sure whatever we build is conducive to the city, to the region accessing the property,” said Kelley Tucky, MGM Resorts International Vice President of Community & Public Affairs.
The study predicts about 4,500 cars arriving at the South End casino during peak weekend times. It anticipates most using I-91 and accessing the casino from West Columbus Ave into the 4,800 space parking garage.
Bliss Street and Howard Street will be closed from West Columbus to Main Street still allowing access to Red Rose Pizza and the Berkshire Bank building.
The MGM study also makes several recommendations for road improvements which include updating road markings and traffic signals. They also want to remove parking on State Street for a hotel drop off and add traffic light detectors for the I-91 southbound off ramp at Union and West Columbus to keep traffic moving.
Meantime, Penn National Gaming’s study shows they examined traffic patterns from November and December of 2012.
“We are confident that our North End site is the most ideally situated location for a casino given the minimal impact on residential areas or traffic,” said Eric Schippers, Penn National Gaming Sr. Vice President For Public Affairs and Government Relations.
Penn National anticipates the majority of their customers to also use I-91 then go onto 291 where they’ll exit at Dwight Street. Their parking garage will hold close to three thousand cars.
The plan calls for closing Boylston Street between Emery and Liberty St. Also to close Liberty Street from West Columbus to Main Street.
They also want to widen the Dwight Street exit off I-91 N, make Congress St three planes along with improving road markings, adding traffic signals and creating a coordinated signal system on the roads around the casino.
CLICK HERE for the full MGM study
CLICK HERE for the full Penn study.