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    Re: State approves funding for $9M footbridge near Gillette Stadium

    What's also interesting in that story is that Kraft wanted the bridge to connect Patriot Place to a new office park across the street.

    ...Didn't they just add parking across the street? So now they're going to tear up those lots and build an office park?

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    Re: ootbridge near Gillette Stadium

    Yeah it's a really dumb design flaw to have to stop traffic to let the people in those lots cross the street to the stadium. It was obviously made even worse by all the development at Patriot Place taking up parking spots.

    As for whether it's worth $9,000,000 of taxpayer money is something I'd think many of us are skeptical about. They bring in so much money with all of their home games and other events that it's really silly to think of the Krafts seeking handouts like this.
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    Re: State approves funding for $9M footbridge near Gillette Stadium


    Where is the office park going to go? Are they tearing up P9 or P10?
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    Re: ootbridge near Gillette Stadium

    Last year I was in traffic in the parking lot for a good 3 hours after a game, even worse after a few concerts, its a huge design flaw
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    Re: State approves funding for $9M footbridge near Gillette Stadium

    Doesn't he just lose the cost of asphalt and paint and lighting in redoing the parking lots into the office park...
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    Re: ootbridge near Gillette Stadium

    Agreed, Its brutal.
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    I've been a Pats fan since 1976 living here in NY. I went to many games in NE when it was Sullivan Stadium & foxboro. I haven been there since it became Gillette Stadium so can someone explain how its structured & where would footbridge be added? Thanx
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    Re: ootbridge near Gillette Stadium

    Not their fault they are successful and rich. THEY are taxpayers - and they pay more in taxes than the "taxpayers" you speak of. Give some to the wealthy as well. The poor might just waste it anyways.

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    Look at the map to the left of this story 1/2 way down. Right now they stop traffic for folks to walk accross the street to get to lots on the southbound side of Rt1 oppsite side of the stadium.

    Stimulus funds could fund Foxborough pedestrian bridge - The Boston Globe
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    Ok thanx got it.
    So Is RT 1 Still a nightmare goin In/Outta Stadium? I used To park in a car dealership on RT 1 like a mile away.
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    Overall, yes. But IMO it depends on where you park. I take 495 home so I park on the soutbound-side of Rt 1. Some games I'm on the road in no time.
    I went to the U2 concert this past Sept, parked in the same spot i do for games and it took seemingly forever. Can't explain why.
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    From the map it looks like the proposed footbridge is right next to the car/foot bridge that already exists. You would think they would move it further North on Route 1, near where everybody crosses now.
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    Re: State approves funding for $9M footbridge near Gillette Stadium

    I don't know, but I remember that side of Rt. 1 being under construction for at least a year...
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    Re: State approves funding for $9M footbridge near Gillette Stadium

    I don't know, the T&G article just says it will connect to an office park. The Globe article says "The state asked the Kraft Group to get the site ready for potential development in hopes of luring a corporate headquarters or major research and development campus. The Kraft Group has spent $2 million to get the site through the state's regulatory hurdles and has spent at least $800 million on other projects in the area."
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    Re: ootbridge near Gillette Stadium

    True, but Gillette and Patriot Place (together about $800M) were privately financed. I'm sure we can spare this $9M.
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    Re: ootbridge near Gillette Stadium

    On the scale of things governmental it's far better than the State using millions to put up mile markers every tenth of a mile! In this case it appears that something usefull and lasting longer than a year will be created.
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    Knowing times & back roads helps alot. Did they they expand parking lots for Gillette & Patriot Place? Any suggestions where to park at stadium?
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    They eliminated lots. Try to park in private lots $50 either North or South of the stadium. I park in P10 for $40 and it takes forever to get out.
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    Thanx, I always could remember how jammed up RT 1 was.
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    I parked at the Best Value Inn for just $40 (huge lot in the back), and at the Golds Gym they were only charging $30. Oddly enough, closer to 495 they were charging $50. Didn't make any sense.

    Anyone's best bet when coming from 495 is to park here (little less then a mile walk) and then get on Rt 140 on the way home.
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    Good advice (Rt 140 too) worth re-posting
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    Thanx good looking out. Are tickets hard to come by?
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    I thought there was going to be NEW exit ramps/direct access from the highway or something like that?

    I could have sworn that the infrastructure was to be put in place to avoid these massive traffic issues, I'm just not certain if Krafty was supposed to foot the bill or the State was helping/providing it.

    BTW, I don't care how much Krafty has spent on HIS stadium and the rest of that enormous place, he's a multibillionaire, and that is one of his businesses.

    I don't see that as a reason to spend 9 million of Taxpayers cash to help alleviate HIS problem, you know a problem HIS CASH COW is causing.
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    The bridge will connect a tract of land that will attract a few large biotech firms for a campus style business park. This will create jobs and revenues for the area and help local economies once it get's rolling. This is one of the less wastefull uses of our stimulus money. At least they are'nt testing perfume on pigs?
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    Stimulus funds could fund Foxborough pedestrian bridge - The Boston Globe

    "State officials decided to bypass a host of projects across the state - including road rebuilding projects in Canton, Danvers, Braintree, and Bellingham - to build the footbridge. "

    Just so that they can tie 2 of Krafties Lots so he can lure more cash to the Kraft empire.....

    Cronyism at it's finest here-

    "Most transportation projects reviewed for federal funding are evaluated by two sets of professional planners before such votes, but the bridge and some other stimulus projects on the recently approved slate received no such review."

    "The Kraft Group, which referred questions to the state, has long-range plans to develop property across the street from the stadium into an office park that could house close to 1 million square feet."

    "But as recently as March, the Kraft Group was working with Foxborough’s town manager on trying to get state funds for the bridge, according to minutes from a selectmen’s meeting posted on the town’s website."

    Bah
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    I am sorry but this guy doesn't need the states funding , it's time for him to give back .
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    He doesn't own Route one. He's building office parks, restaurants etc. They are merely responding to traffic conditions caused by him spending his own money creating businesses and jobs. He's also not the only business that will benefit.
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    The Krafts give generously and are involved in countless philantrophic activities. I know this first hand.
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