Post Content

Chicopee, Deady Bridge Plaque Rededication, April 14, 2011 The story of a lost plaque honoring a Chicopee World War I veteran and the work to restore the memorial brought Lieutenant Governor Tim 
Murray, Rep. Joseph Wagner, and Rep. Sean Curran along with family members to a special bridge plaque rededication ceremony April 14 in Chicopee.  

Thomas Francis Deady of Chicopee Falls was killed in action in April 1918 while serving his country during World War I in France.  He was the first Chicopee Falls resident to die in the Great War. 

22 years later in 1940, the Deady Memorial Bridge over the Chicopee River opened, honoring the local hero.  The original plaque on the bridge said Private First Class Deady ran across an open field to secure water for his thirsty fellow soldiers and was killed while trying to return with the water.

In 2004, work began to demolish and replace the Deady Memorial Bridge.  But unknown to work crews at the time, the plaque dedicating the bridge to Thomas Francis Deady had disappeared.  After a search for the original turned up nothing, MassDOT working with Rep. Joseph Wagner's office and the Deady family found a picture of the Deady memorial and working with contractor SPS New England, Inc. were able to recreate the new plaque.

It is now displayed at the new Deady Memorial Bridge to honor Private Deady for generations to come. 

Written By:

Recent Posts

I-495/I-90 Interchange Improvements Public Meetings Set posted on Jul 16

I-495/I-90 Interchange Improvements Public Meetings Set

MassDOT will be holding public information meetings for residents of nearby cities and towns to become acquainted with the current stage of the I-495/I-90 Interchange Improvements Project. The meetings are scheduled as follows: Hopkinton- Thursday, July 25, 6:30-8:30pm, Town Hall, Basement, 18 Main Street Hudson-   …Continue Reading I-495/I-90 Interchange Improvements Public Meetings Set

Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves Project Update posted on Jul 15

Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves Project Update

MassDOT reminds members of the public that construction operations and traffic impacts for the Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves Rehabilitation Project continue in July and August. Beginning Monday, July 15, the Fourth Street Off-ramp will be closed for 2-3 months for steel repairs, structural rehabilitation, safety improvements,   …Continue Reading Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves Project Update

Allston Multimodal Project Public Meetings Set posted on Jul 11

Allston Multimodal Project Public Meetings Set

MassDOT has scheduled Allston Multimodal Project Public Information Meetings as follows: Framingham: Thursday, July 18, 2019, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Framingham City Hall (Memorial Building), Blumer Room , 150 Concord Street. Worcester: Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Worcester Technical High   …Continue Reading Allston Multimodal Project Public Meetings Set