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Mohegan Sun Palmer Traffic Assessment

Mohegan Sun Palmer Traffic Assessment

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The Mohegan Sun is proposing a $1 billion resort casino in Palmer off Massachusetts Turnpike Exit 8.
The Mohegan Sun is proposing a $1 billion resort casino in Palmer off Massachusetts Turnpike Exit 8.

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Mr. John ThomasBeals and Thomas, Inc.Reservoir Corporate Center 144 Turnpike Road (Route 9)Southborough, MA 01772-2104
Scott W. Thornton, P.EVanasse & Associates, Inc.10 New England Business Center DriveSuite 314Andover, MA 01810(978) 474-8800
 June 7, 2013
Traffic Impact Assessment – Mohegan Sun at MassachusettsPalmer, Massachusetts
Vanasse & Associates, Inc. (VAI) has prepared this technical memorandum to determine traffic impactsassociated with the development of the Proposed Mohegan Sun at Massachusetts casino facility inPalmer, Massachusetts. This memorandum is intended as a technical document containing reviews in thesubjects of Study Area; Traffic Volumes; Future Conditions with and without the Project; TripGeneration; Trip Distribution; resulting Level-of-Service (LOS) analysis for intersections; and the proposed roadway improvements intended to mitigate the Project’s impact at critical locations.
The Mohegan Sun at Massachusetts facility is proposed to be a destination type resort casino proposed for the western part of Massachusetts. The development is proposed to contain approximately 3,450 gaming positions, a 300-room hotel, attached meeting space and restaurants within a casino facility. In addition, a1,800-seat Cineplex, an indoor/outdoor water park with accompanying 300-room hotel, andapproximately 250,000 square feet (sf) of general retail space are also part of the proposal. The Projectwill be located on the east side of Route 32 (Thorndike Street) near the intersection of the MassachusettsTurnpike Exit 8 interchange Toll Road with Route 32. The development is proposed to be completed in asingle phase.Two potential alternatives have been identified to provide access to the Project: an At-Grade Alternativeand a Grade-Separated Flyover. The At-Grade Alternative would involve the construction of aSite Access Road that would be built opposite the existing Exit 8 I-90 ramp roadway at the signalizedintersection of Route 32. The ramp roadway would be widened to provide five lanes from theMassachusetts Turnpike and Route 32 would be widened to provide four lanes southbound and five lanesnorthbound. The Grade-Separated Flyover alternative requires a bridge structure from the existing Exit 8I-90 ramp roadway over Route 32 which transitions into a loop ramp/interchange design that intersectsRoute 32 at a signalized intersection approximately 500 feet north of the existing Exit 8 I-90 ramproadway intersection with Route 32. Access to the Project would be provided via a Site Access Road thatwould be built opposite Shearer Street at its intersection with Route 32. In addition, there are other improvements identified at local intersections within the Town of Palmer that are proposed to remedyexisting shortfalls in capacity or improve safety over present conditions.
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The study area for this traffic analysis was selected to include the critical locations expected to receive themajority of the traffic flow from the project. These include intersections along Route 32, Route 20, andRoute 181 as these form major gateway corridors into and out of the area. A full inventory of theselocations including traffic control, geometric conditions, and traffic volumes was conducted to develop baseline conditions for the traffic analysis. The following identifies the traffic volume count proceduresfollowed for the Project.
Route 32 Traffic Volumes
Traffic counts were conducted over a two week period on Route 32 in early May 2012. Traffic volumeswere measured through use of pneumatic Automatic Traffic Recorder (ATR) count devices used tomeasure hourly and daily traffic volumes. Counts collected volumes over the period Tuesday May 8through Monday May 21, 2012. Follow-up counts were conducted in April 2013 to determine growthover the previous year, with a weighted average rate of increase between the four observed time periods(Friday, Friday evening peak hour, Saturday, Saturday evening peak hour) of 0.73 percent. Therefore, the2012 Existing volumes were adjusted upwards by 1.0 percent to reflect 2013 conditions.
Intersection Volume Counts
Intersection Turning Movement and vehicle Classification Counts (TMC) were conducted at15 intersections in the town of Palmer on Friday May 18 and Saturday May 19, 2012. These locations areidentified below:1.
Route 181 at Thorndike Street2.
Route 181/Main Street at Mt. Dumplin Road3.
Route 181/Main Street at Shearer Street4.
Route 181/Main Street at Route 20/Wilbraham Street5.
Route 20/Main Street at Route 32/Thorndike Street6.
Route 20/Route 32/Park Street at Breckenridge Street7.
Route 20 Route 32/Park Street at Stone Street8.
Route 32/Main Street/Stone Street at South Main Street9.
Route 20/Route 32/Park Street at Thorndike Street10.
Route 32/Thorndike Street at Lawrence Street11.
Route 32/Thorndike Street at Turnpike Ramps12.
Route 32/Thorndike Street at Shearer Street/Site Drive13.
Route 32/Thorndike Street at Big Y Drive14.
Route 32/Thorndike Street at Mt. Dumplin Road15.
Route 32/Thorndike Street at High StreetThe intersections are graphically depicted on Figure 1.For this analysis, the same intersections were also counted during the Saturday midday time period onSaturday April 6, 2013, due to the inclusion of a significant retail component to the project.
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