Across New England and the northeast, state governments and public employees, utility companies, and volunteers worked together during the past week to respond to the impacts of Irene. At left is flooding along I-90 Westbound in the Berkshires on Sunday, August 28.
MassDOT highway operations and maintenance worked to clear roadways of downed trees and inspect roads and bridges as flood waters receded. The MBTA provided crews and equipment to assist in tree and debris clearance in New Bedford and Bridgewater.
And in some cases, helping out meant cooperation across state lines to expedite the cleanup effort. One such example of cooperation allowed 50 bucket trucks from the Public Service Company of New Hampshire to move without delay through the Commonwealth on the way to assist in response efforts following the impacts of Irene in Connecticut.
In response to a request, MassDOT Secretary Jeff Mullan on Wednesday expedited certain permit requirements and also waived tolls to allow the New Hampshire utility trucks to travel through Massachusetts safely and quickly.
MassDOT notified the Massachusetts State Police of the situation, and by Thursday morning, September 1, the trucks armed with documents showing the approval were on their way. Thanks to everyone inside and outside of transportation for the 24/7 efforts to make safety checks and reopen roads, and restore power.