WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Hard Rock International last night unveiled its $35 million dollar traffic proposal and if they are chosen to develop a casino, it could mean big changes for the people who live in West Springfield.
They want to do everything from expand Memorial Ave to build a new entrance into the Big E.
With casinos comes traffic, lots of it.
Traffic is a concern in West Springfield where Hard Rock International wants to build a resort casino on the already busy Memorial Avenue.
"We had a lot of traffic problems now and I can't imagine it getting any better if we had the casinos in as well," said West Springfield's Jane Loftus.
To address those concerns, Hard Rock unveiled its $35 million dollar traffic plan.
One component widens Memorial Avenue in West Springfield from 4 lanes to 5 between the West Springfield rotary and Circuit Avenue.
Traveling from Springfield, Circuit Avenue is the road on the left, just before the Big E grounds.
It's not just road widening we're talking about, Hard Rock also wants to beautify and revamp Memorial Avenue and the rotary here, they want to add things like new bike lanes and turning lanes.
The plan also includes building another access road from route 5, along the dike, into the back of the casino; One component that requires Hard Rock to buy more land.
"As we announced we went out and acquired a lot of additional land above and beyond our responsibilities here at the Big E to ensure that we can create multiple access points to the site," said Hard Rock International Chairman Jim Allen.
West Springfield Mayor Greg Neffinger says if this plan to mitigate traffic works, there are some people who may benefit from the additional traffic.
"We have lots of businesses along memorial that would be happy to see some improved traffic," Neffinger said.
The public can hear from Hard Rock themselves about the traffic plans on April 24th.
A public meeting will be held at the West Springfield Middle School at 7:00 p.m.