1. Saying Boston gets whatever it wants, WMass business leaders blast MassDOT's 'disrespect' of Greater Springfield politicians who want Interstate 91 viaduct buried

    Saying Boston gets whatever it wants, WMass business leaders blast MassDOT's 'disrespect' of Greater Springfield politicians who want Interstate 91 viaduct buried

    The Economic Development Council says the Massachusetts Department of Transportation disrespected local leaders this fall when it chose that cheaper option for the long-term future of the roadway. "If Marty Walsh walks into DOT and says, 'I want this alternative,' nobody says 'No, Mayor of Boston, stick it in your ear and go away.' The mayor of Springfield, not so much," Springfield lawyer Paul P. Nicolai said Friday in an interview. Nicolai is chairman of the EDC's infrastructure committee and one of the people who helped formulate the EDC's response to the transportation department's final report on ...

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    1. No, Mayor of Boston, stick it in your ear and go away.
    2. At the political level, if the mayor of Boston and eight mayors of its surrounding communities told MassDOT that one of the alternatives in a Boston-based study of this nature was the preferred alternative, MassDOT would acquiesce without question.
    3. What DOT proposes not only ignores the input of the Pioneer Valley's economic and political leadership, it says our region's economic future deserves no investment.
    4. Which means that Springfield's riverfront is never going to be made accessible.
    5. It's not the cheapest alternative. It's not the most expensive, either.
    6. MassDOT appreciates input from elected officials and stakeholders regarding this study and will continue to consider all feedback as we move forward with potential infrastructure investments.
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