Millions will go towards Specific Roadway and Infrastructure Improvements
REVERE – From the start of the city led public input process held during the early months of 2012, it was extremely clear that the residents of Revere were concerned about the potential traffic impacts caused by a resort style casino at suffolk downs. At that time, Mayor Rizzo made a promise that ensured the community that these much needed traffic improvements would be part of any Host Community Agreement that would ultimately be signed with suffolk downs. He is pleased to announce that the recently signed agreement with Suffolk Downs does just that.
In order to mitigate the traffic impacts of a casino, as well as address existing transportation problems we currently face, the host community agreement requires Suffolk Downs to make numerous traffic and infrastructure improvements throughout the region. Over $25 million will be going towards the creation of a flyover and widening at the intersection of Route 1A and Boardman Street in East Boston. Further, in excess of $2.5 million will be directed to improvements, and planning for future improvements, at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 16. $1.6 million has been allocated towards the intersection of Route 16, Revere Beach Parkway, and Harris Street. Monies are also going to be allocated that will immediately address Donnelly Square, Copeland Circle, along with other areas throughout the city.
“Revere roads are travelled by thousands of people each day and we need to ensure that the developers at Suffolk Downs address traffic concerns that have been raised by residents and my Administration. I believe that these much needed infrastructure improvements will help to assuage many of the issues raised by the community,” stated Rizzo. “During the course of the development, if things change that relate to development and traffic, we have re-opener provisions which allow the city to renegotiate with the developer.”
The City of Revere is also making the necessary improvements to our water and sewer systems across the community that is in compliance with our signed consent decree with the Department of Justice signed back in 2009. The City of Revere is currently under a Consent Decree handed down by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on behalf of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Revere, and, as a result of this order, must make significant improvements to its sewer and drainage systems, which continue to show signs of inadequacy. The city must make costly capital improvements that could exceed $100 Million over the next 10 years in order to meet these regulations as set forth by the EPA and DEP. Mayor Rizzo believes that these water and sewer improvements, along with the above mentioned traffic improvements, will certainly help stabilize the local infrastructure.
If you would like to learn more about the Host Community Agreement that was recently signed by the City of Revere, and the Developers at Suffolk Downs, please visit www.revere.org. You can also reach out to the Mayor’s Office at 781-286-8111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.