Palmer residents eager to see Mohegan Sun traffic plans - KCTV5

Palmer residents eager to see Mohegan Sun traffic plans

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PALMER, MA (WSHM) -

Mohegan Sun's much-anticipated traffic plans are going to be revealed to the public for the first time Wednesday.

It's a relief for Palmer town councilors and residents who have been eager to see traffic plans from the casino company for years.

"The biggest issue in most people's minds is traffic ... let's make sure the people have a chance to look at the plans and understand what those plans are," said Palmer Town Councilor Paul Burns, who has been a supporter of Mohegan Sun.

Mohegan officials have not gone into detail on their traffic plans, but they do have three separate proposals to mitigate traffic off the MassPike and Route 32, one being a full flyover from the pike to their casino grounds.

Mohegan Sun officials sent a statement to CBS 3 Springfield saying:

"We appreciate the Town Council's interest and look forward to sharing the traffic plans discussed during last week's meeting, which the Mass. Department of Transportation is currently reviewing. We are confident each offers an excellent solution and provides significant improvements to the intersection of Route 32 and the Mass Pike. We look forward to Mass DOT's decision and to building the best solution."

Burns says once traffic plans are laid out, the town can continue to work towards completing negotiations with the casino company.

"We have a couple issues surrounding traffic, we have a couple issues surrounding the fact that it's taking longer than most communities to do a host community agreement. But if you want to do this right, it's better to take some time up front, and maybe we have the last referendum."

Those plans will be made public Wednesday morning. They can be viewed on www.cbs3springfield.com.

Mohegan Sun is competing against MGM and Hard Rock for the only Western Mass casino license.

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