Two Las Vegas-style resort casinos proposed for Suffolk Downs on the Revere/East Boston line and 37 acres on the Mystic River in Everett raise new questions about age-old traffic troubles on prime commuter routes to Boston.
The two sites are about 5 miles apart, with Revere Beach Parkway, or Route 16, leading to both. The main entrance to Suffolk Downs is on Route 1A, one of the region’s most congested arteries.
The Everett site, a former Monsanto chemical plant, is off Route 99, a two-lane roadway often choked with traffic into Boston. There also are those pesky rotaries: Santilli Circle in Everett, Wellington Circle in Medford, and Copeland Circle in Revere.
“I go through Santilli Circle, to Wellington every morning,” said Connie Nathanson, an Everett resident who lives off Route 99. “It’s a mess now with the trucks and everything, trying to get through there. I can’t imagine what it would be like with a casino there.”
In Revere, steady commuter traffic spikes in summer with drivers heading to Suffolk Downs and Revere Beach, said Russ Cipoletta, who lives in the city’s Beachmont section, near the track.
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