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.
Employers Honored for Excellence in Commuter Options posted on Mar 26
The efforts of more than 170 Massachusetts businesses, colleges, and universities, who promote active, healthy, and sustainable commute options, were celebrated today for helping Massachusetts to reduce traffic congestion, to promote healthy lifestyles, and benefit the environment. The Massachusetts Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Awards …Continue Reading Employers Honored for Excellence in Commuter Options
Longfellow Bridge: “Salt and Pepper” Towers Work posted on Mar 26
MassDOT on Saturday, March 28 will begin preparing to dismantle the downstream “salt and pepper” towers as part of the Longfellow Bridge Restoration Project. MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), coordinated with the cities of Cambridge and Boston as well as the MBTA to begin dismantling …Continue Reading Longfellow Bridge: “Salt and Pepper” Towers Work
Work Zone Safety Awareness: “Expect the Unexpected” posted on Mar 25
MassDOT joins local, state and federal transportation officials in observing the 2015 National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, Monday-Friday, March 23-27, and Massachusetts will be focusing on the month of April as Work Zone Safety Awareness Month. With the start of highway construction season, this …Continue Reading Work Zone Safety Awareness: “Expect the Unexpected”