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.
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MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is observed during Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between …Continue Reading Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel
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Effective immediately, hoverboards are prohibited on all MBTA property, including stations, buses, subways, trains, and commuter boats. MBTA subway and bus personnel, along with Keolis Commuter Rail staff have been informed that customers with hoverboards shall not be permitted to bring such devices into MBTA …Continue Reading MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed
MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement posted on May 24
Frank DePaola, P.E., who has served as General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) since February 2015, announced to staff that he plans to retire after his current appointment expires on June 30. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack thanked DePaola in a letter …Continue Reading MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement