On first blush, the traffic mitigation package unveiled by Suffolk Downs recently is dedicated to two major thrusts – to reduce the McClellan Highway backlog, which will require a major piece of work in East Boston with a flyover at Boardman Street and further mitigation efforts at Bell Circle.
The Suffolk casino developers and owners are presently saying they will ante up $40-$50 million to reduce the 50 year congestion that has existed on the McClellan highway.
In doing so, they will be doing a service to this community that the state cannot afford and frankly which it has shown about a half century of indifference toward.
No one has cared about this traffic and the Bell Circle danger zone until this casino effort has come up.
To note of importance is that this traffic mitigation effort is but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the total package of mitigation will be for Revere.
Revere’s host community status provides for much more than traffic mitigation.
Exactly what it provides for will be revealed shortly by the mayor.
We look forward to this especially in the knowledge that there will be no mitigation of anything without a casino at Suffolk Downs.