MassDOT response to MGM Springfield delay

MassDOT says MGM should be able to remain on schedule

Artist's rendering of the proposed MGM Springfield casino, including the now-abandoned plan for a 25-story glass tower on State Street. The elimination of the glass tower is part of what the city council has to vote on.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – MGM Springfield has petitioned the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to extend the opening of the Springfield Casino to coincide with the completion of the I-91 Viaduct replacement project.

MGM has said it would be difficult to open before construction is finished, which could be as late at July, 2018. They don’t want to have a disastrous opening with massive traffic backups.

In response to the City of Springfield’s letter to the Gaming Commission requesting an amendment to MGM’s original schedule, MassDOT spokesman Michael Verseckes released a statement that said, in part, “MassDOT remains confident that opening of the MGM casino can remain on its original schedule while the I-91 project concludes.”

The statement went on to say that, “speculation that completion of either project will be delayed when both projects are just getting underway is premature.”

The Gaming Commission does have to sign off on MGM’s construction schedule. They haven’t voted yet.

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