MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey, Highway Administrator Frank DePaola, Representative Chris Walsh, and other elected officials today attended the dedication of the Route 9 Bridge over the Sudbury River in Framingham for Greg Vilidnitsky. MassDOT Engineer Vilidnitsky was struck and killed on Sept. 14, 2010, while working on Route 9 in Framingham.
Mr. Vilidnitsky joined MassDOT in 2008 and was immediately noticed by his colleagues and supervisors for his superior work ethic and talent.
“By all accounts, Greg Vilidnitsky was a true leader and an outstanding example of the kind of qualities we, at MassDOT, strive for each day,” said Secretary Davey. “And it is because of who he was that makes his loss resonate with all of us even more.”
“Every day, MassDOT personnel and our contractors put themselves in harm’s way as part of their job,” said Administrator DePaola. “The tragedy that took the life of someone so talented tells us we need to continue our efforts to educate the public that behind those barrels and barriers, are our friends, our coworkers, and members of our family.”
Working with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and the Massachusetts State Police, MassDOT started a Work Zone Speed Enforcement program to enforce speed restrictions in construction sites and generate public awareness of the dangers of speeding and distracted or impaired driving. The program went into effect on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 and is in its second full season.
The program includes additional State Troopers, with two teams of Troopers deployed at different work sites across the state on a given day to enforce speeding. Between April 5 and May 26 of 2013, State Police have made 112 stops and have issued 101 speeding citations.
Chelsea: Silver Line Gateway Project Bridge Closure posted on May 22
MassDOT will close the Washington Avenue Bridge in Chelsea on Tuesday, May 26 at 10:00 AM as part of the Silver Line Gateway Project. Appropriate detour signs will be in place to redirect traffic and pedestrians, and identify relocated bus stops. The bridge closure is …Continue Reading Chelsea: Silver Line Gateway Project Bridge Closure
MBTA: Refurbished Green Line Trolleys Returning to Service posted on May 22
The first MBTA Green Line refurbished trolley car was returned to service this week. T personnel are completing test runs on the next refurbished car to return to service in the coming days. These are the first of 86 that are being refurbished. All 86 …Continue Reading MBTA: Refurbished Green Line Trolleys Returning to Service
Travel Safely Memorial Day Weekend! posted on May 20
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is expected Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between 1pm …Continue Reading Travel Safely Memorial Day Weekend!