MassDOT’s Mike McGrath, the Highway Division Deputy Chief Engineer for Construction, is this year’s Construction Management Association of America “Person of the Year” for the New England Chapter.
McGrath, seen on the right with Governor Deval Patrick, is praised by the CMAA for “the reputation that you have developed locally within our challenging industry."
Highway Administrator Luisa Paiewonsky and Chief Engineer Frank Tramontozzi in nominating Mike says he “turned the MassDOT Highway Construction Division into a billion-dollar enterprise that is well-managed, efficient, and clearly focused on our safety and infrastructure improvement missions.”
As construction spending doubled in recent years while staffing levels did not keep pace with the program expansion, Paiewonsky and Tramantozzi wrote, “It is difficult to imagine how we could have met this challenge without Mike’s expertise and dedication.”
McGrath’s leadership helped MassDOT improve and streamline business practices, reduce the construction contract cycle time by 70 percent, better coordinate design and construction, reduce by 55% contractor change orders, triple the number of “on-time” projects in the past year, and develop the Highway Division’s Design-Build initiatives that dramatically reduce project timeframes.
“Mike is a conscientious public servant, a highly competent and effective manager, and an outstanding leader in the construction profession,” the nomination letter stated. “He has made countless and vital contributions to the construction industry and to the public alike. While he always deflects praise to his staff and rarely takes credit for his actions, we can attest to the respect he commands from his fellow managers and colleagues for his enormous contributions to the Commonwealth’s improved transportation infrastructure.”
McGrath will be honored on April 28 at the annual CMAA awards luncheon in Boston.
Governor Patrick Signs “Boston Strong” License Plate Bill posted on Apr 18
Governor Deval Patrick today signed legislation creating a Massachusetts “Boston Strong” license plate. The legislation directs the Registry of Motor Vehicles to establish a license plate memorializing the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings adorned with the phrase “Boston Strong.” All proceeds from sales of …Continue Reading Governor Patrick Signs “Boston Strong” License Plate Bill
Whittier Bridge I-95 Update: River Boaters Notice posted on Apr 18
The Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project continues through the 2014 boating season. Much of the work this season to construct the new northbound span of the Whittier Bridge is taking place from the Merrimack River to the immediate east of the existing bridge. Several large barges, …Continue Reading Whittier Bridge I-95 Update: River Boaters Notice
Route 79/Braga Bridge Project Public Meeting Set posted on Apr 17
Please join MassDOT at a public meeting for an update on construction progress on the Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project, as follows: Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Heritage State Park Auditorium, 200 Davol Street, Fall River The meeting will include an opportunity …Continue Reading Route 79/Braga Bridge Project Public Meeting Set