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Suffolk Downs releases plans for road fixes if casino bid is successful

The flyover that Suffolk Downs plans to build on Route 1A if the track is granted a ­casino license, along with other road improvements, will ease area traffic and provide access for vehicles coming into the gaming resort, officials said Tuesday.

“We do think we’ve got a great solution for 1A,” Chip ­Tuttle, chief operating officer of Suffolk Downs, told about 200 people during a presentation at the track for Revere residents.

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The track has pledged to spend $40 million to improve roads in the area, which is infamous for giving commuters headaches .

Suffolk consultants said the flyover would reduce peak evening traffic at the intersection by nearly half.

And, track officials said, other improvements at Boardman Street include adding a through lane on the southbound side of Route 1A, which would help in the morning. “We are going to make improvements that will benefit your morning commute,” Tuttle said.

Former state transportation secretary James Aloisi previously panned the proposed flyover, or elevated road, which would allow northbound motorists to bypass the often difficult intersection on Route 1A at Boardman Street, as “an eyesore and a Band-Aid that will not solve the current congestion on Route 1A from the airport to Bell Circle,” in a CommonWealth Magazine opinion piece.

Other proposals included in the presentation were adding a northbound right-turn lane at Bell Circle, curb relocations at Winthrop Avenue and Bennington Street, and signal improvements at Bennington and ­Saratoga streets.

Applications are the first step in a long review process that will stretch into 2013. A presentation for East Boston residents is scheduled for Thursday at the track at 6 p.m.

Travis Andersen can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.
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