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.