Getting There: Wynn, City Officials Discuss Traffic Improvements for Resort-casino

May 29, 2013
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A large number of Everett residents turned out for the public meeting to discuss the proposed traffic and roadway measures that could happen with a casino in Everett.

A large number of Everett residents turned out for the public
meeting to discuss the proposed traffic and roadway measures
that could happen with a casino in Everett.

With just a month to go before Everett voters will decide if they want a resort casino operating within their city’s borders, consultants working for the casino developer and Mayor DeMaria convened a public meeting to discuss proposed traffic and roadway measures that could mitigate the concerns raised by a development that could bring thousands of visitors per year to Everett.

The hearing was held on Wednesday, May 22 at the Edward Connolly Center, to a nearly packed house, as representatives of Vanasse and Associates working for developer Steve Wynn and World Tech, on behalf of the city, discussed the potential roadway improvements to Route 99 (specifically lower Broadway) and Route 16, especially in and around Santilli and Sweetser circles.

According to the consultants an estimated 58 percent of the traffic impact from the casino would enter the city from Boston and Somerville on Route 99, with another 22 percent coming on Route 16 from Medford and approximately 14 percent traveling in on Route 16 from Chelsea and Revere. Just 2 percent of traffic is expected to come from the portion of Route 99 north of the proposed casino site, with another 2 percent coming from Main Street in Everett and points north of there.

For that reason, the bulk of the proposed traffic and roadway improvements would take place on lower Broadway, especially around the intersection of Horizon Way, which would be built out as the new access road to the casino, and lower Broadway, including a dedicated truck lane that would take the bulk of truck traffic headed northbound on Route 99, off the main street and to the Produce Center on Beacham Street, via a build out of surrounding neighborhood streets.

There were also extensive traffic improvements discussed for Santilli Circle, including a Route 16 flyover that would be built to take through traffic out of the circle and keep it moving through the intersection. Sweetser Circle would be improved as well, with double lanes built out to increase traffic flow into and out of the circle and marked double lanes in the circle itself.

The proposed improvements did not include any mention of Route 16 east or west of Santilli Circle, and no improvements were mentioned for points of north of Sweetser Circle either.

Also, though there was significant discussion of the impact on Sullivan Square, the roadway improvements did not include significant changes to Sullivan Square or I-93 and other points in Somerville.

The presentation also discussed the benefits of the in-process Municipal Harbor Plan, as well as the potential for ferry service to the casino from  Boston, Logan Airport and the Boston Convention and Exposition Center (BCEC).

The proposal also includes increased walking and bicycle paths in an around the property and along the Everett waterfront.

  • bob

    I love how they keep mentioning a ferry as a viable transportation option for this trainwreck of a plan. Consider the following: The Alford Street Bridge (still under construction) does not have the vertical clearance for a commercial ferry, especially at high tide. This would require the bridge to go up even more than it does usually, impacting traffic. Also, said ferry would be locked out of the casino frequently when the Liquified Natural Gas tankers are coming and going out of the Suez Energy terminal on the other side of the bridge. Doesn’t matter if Steve Wynn wants ferry service on a schedule, it will for certain be stopped on the other side of the harbor like all other vessels. People need to really think about the disastrous impact that this construction and the casino traffic will have on the area. Stop drinking Fatty DeMaria’s cool-aid. Its going to flush this city further down the toliet.

  • Denise

    Where do they come up with percentage of traffic flow from the various directions mentioned? Although revenue from the casino is a positive for Everett, the question is at what cost? Traffic through Everett is horrendous at peak hours.I fail to see how the addition of a casino will improve traffic especially for those of us headed towards and coming from Sullivan square during peak hours.

  • jim

    Logan to chelsea st bridge 45mins up and down or Meriden st bridge.
    Marginal st to Williams st to Beecham st produce center on to rt 99 wow!
    Can you sat 1 hr commute