First Light Resort & Casino Construction Update

With construction work for First Light Resort & Casino now underway, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Gaming Authority has begun to post updates of the on-going construction work on the First Light Resort & Casino website (

On the Tribe’s approximately 150 acres of reservation land in what was formerly the Liberty and Union Industrial Park, near the intersection of routes 24 and 140 in Taunton, all of the existing buildings have been demolished, an access road has been completed, and work to lay water pipelines for the $1 billion resort is underway.

In the neighborhoods around the site in East Taunton work is also underway to install new water mains and water lines. Work to install a new water delivery system began on July 18 along Pinehill Street. That work has extended to Stevens Street. Contractor work hours are Monday through Friday from 7am to 5pm. The work is on schedule to be completed in about 6 weeks.

Weather permitting, the new water main on Pinehill Street is expected to be finished by August 3. After that, contractors will turn their attention to the water main on Stevens Street with an expected completion date of August 16.

While the water main system in installed, contractors have installed above-ground bypass water lines along the construction route. These lines will provide water to the homes of area residents during the estimated 6 weeks it will take to complete the water main system. In places the bypass water lines cross driveways and sidewalks near the street, necessitating the building of temporary ramps over the bypass lines. The water being provided to area residents through the bypass water lines have passed water quality tests.

Motorists traveling through the area can expect some delays and detours. The work on Pinehill St. will limit access to local residents only, which will also impact residents on Garden and Woodlawn Streets. Local residents will have access at all times.

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