SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - MGM Springfield has revealed its traffic plan for its proposed South End casino. This information was previously redacted from its Phase II submission to the city.
In the traffic study it discusses its primary and secondary access routes to the proposed casino.
"Primary access to the site is currently proposed via a full access and egress driveway along East Columbus Avenue, to be located at the present locations of Bliss Street. An exiting driveway is proposed along East Columbus Avenue at the present location of Howard Street. Secondary access is proposed along State Street and Union Street."
As far as I-91 and I-291, MGM says the MassDOT's planned projects will take precedent.
Interstate 91 (I-91) Corridor Study (Exits 1 to 5) Based on discussions with MassDOT staff, an older corridor study for the southerly portion of I-91 is being updated to assess future highway needs. This planning work will be coordinated with the final design for the Routes 5/57 interchange, and is being commissioned separately from the casino proposals.
I-91 Viaduct MassDOT officials recently met with City of Springfield officials to outline the considerations for future improvements to the highway viaduct (raised highway structure) as it passes through downtown Springfield. The State has identified the need to rehabilitate the viaduct structure, but will soon be evaluating the opportunities for alternate horizontal and vertical alignments to make the connections to I-291 and the local street network. This regional-scale improvement to traffic flow is programmed.