SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – MGM has requested to push back their casino construction timeline, by a full year! MGM has cited the uncertainty surrounding I-91 viaduct construction as a reason to delay their opening.
The delayed opening was supported by the city of Springfield. It still needs to be voted on by the state gaming commission.
On Friday, DOT Spokesperson Mike Verseckes told 22News they remain confident MGM can open on its original schedule.
Springfield City Solicitor Ed Pikula declined an on-camera interview reacting to that, but sent 22News this statement. QUOTE: “…The City is protected by the Host Community Agreement as to the existing schedule, and has been offered consideration for a new schedule. We will continue to work cooperatively with all stakeholders.”
Audrelee Dallam-Murphy of Westfield told 22News, “I don’t think anybody believes MGM is surprised by the project. Everybody knew that they were going to address that viaduct. Everybody. I don’t understand why suddenly MGM needs an extension. I would love to hear what they have to say about that.”
The DOT says the viaduct construction is on pace to be completely finished by August 2018.
And they’ll be awarding the contractor up to $9-million dollars extra for finishing even sooner.