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January 6, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Gov.-elect Charlie Baker says traffic congestion in Charlestown is a big concern of his as it relates to a planned casino in neighboring Everett.

Baker said Tuesday he was not familiar with the details of a lawsuit filed against state gambling regulators by the city of Boston that could halt development of the $1.6 billion Wynn Resorts project. But he said Sullivan Square was of concern because “it’s a fairly small, very complex intersection” in which an enormous amount of volume passes.

The suit argues Charlestown residents should have a vote on the casino because of the potential impact on traffic.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission said the issues raised by Boston had already been addressed.

Baker was asked about the casino controversy in Providence while attending the inauguration of Rhode Island’s new governor, Gina Raimondo.

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