Wynn Everett officials will invest $65 million in traffic improvements for its $1.6 billion five-star resort/casino, which is great news for all motorists who at one time or another have been caught in tie-ups during rush hour at Sullivan Square, on Route 99 in Everett, or at Santilli Circle.
The transportation plan is very extensive and will benefit not only Everett but all the communities adjacent to the city. Everett residents will see new sidewalks, bicycle paths, dedicated traffic lanes, and a coordinated state-of-the-art traffic lighting system that will dramatically improve traffic flow on the routes leading to and from the casino.
We also laud Wynn Everett for its plan to have all casino employees park their vehicles at specific lots off site and use a shuttle bus system to get to the resort/casino. That will reduce the number of vehicular trips in the course of the day.
A water transportation system involving Wynn-operated ferry boats will also reduce vehicular traffic.
John Tocco of Wynn Resorts was right on the mark when he said Everett commuters will enjoy “all these extra mitigation improvements during normal commuter periods – so their commutes will take less time.”
Wynn Resorts has been very professional in its relationship with our city throughout the gaming license application process. In its senior vice president of development, Robert DeSalvio, Wynn Resorts has added an outstanding casino executive to its team. DeSalvio, like developer Steve Wynn, is well respected by all in the gaming industry and it was a pleasure to hear DeSalvio talk so enthusiastically about the future traffic improvements and their positive impact for the city of Everett.
Wynn Everett’s transportation plan is in a word – impressive – and we look forward to one day soon seeing the many improvements that will take place in our city.