Post Content

Mullan-2011
Posted By Jeff Mullan, MassDOT Secretary & Chief Executive Officer

Deady Plaque It’s the Friday before Memorial Day, which means summer is here and that it is time to pause and remember our veterans who died during military service.  I wrote last year that one of the great things about our business is that we often are able to remember these heroes through our infrastructure.  You all know examples, large and small, where this has happened.

Recently, we completed the restoration of the Deady Memorial Bridge which spans the Chicopee River in Chicopee.  The bridge originally opened in 1940 and was named for Private Thomas Francis Deady, a Chicopee Falls native who was killed in action in France on April 21, 1918 at the age of 27.  Private Deady was born near the site of the bridge.  Fittingly, a plaque honoring Private Deady and his service was erected on the bridge at that time.  Unfortunately, it was lost to time.

As the date for the opening of the restored bridge neared, our team in District 2, working with the Deady family, Representative Joseph Wagner and our contractor, SPS New England, located a photo of the lost plaque and commissioned a replacement.  We celebrated its installation at a rededication ceremony on April 14.  A large crowd, including Lt. Governor Murray and members of the Deady family, attended the event.

It’s a great story that shows respect for our veterans and for our history.  We all take pride in the work that Al Stegemann, Steve Young, Theo Miga and Keith Laporte and the entire team in our District 2 office did to make this happen.  Thanks for the extra effort.  It matters.

Happy Memorial Day.

Written By:

Recent Posts

MassDOT Launches Flashing Yellow Arrow Traffic Signal Project posted on Aug 3

MassDOT Launches Flashing Yellow Arrow Traffic Signal Project

MassDOT today announced the launch of a statewide program to retrofit approximately 350 traffic signals on state highways across Massachusetts. As part of the retrofit project, upgraded signal technology will begin installation at seven intersections in Wilmington. The signal heads have four left-turn arrows: one   …Continue Reading MassDOT Launches Flashing Yellow Arrow Traffic Signal Project

MassDOT Secretary Announces MBTA Leadership Team posted on Jul 30

MassDOT Secretary Announces MBTA Leadership Team

Today, MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack announced Brian Shortsleeve will serve as the Chief Administrator for the MBTA, working alongside the newly appointed Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB), interim General Manager Frank DePaola, who will continue in his current role focusing solely on operations and   …Continue Reading MassDOT Secretary Announces MBTA Leadership Team

MBTA Orange Line Service Alert: Suspension of Weekend Service August 1-2 posted on Jul 29

MBTA Orange Line Service Alert: Suspension of Weekend Service August 1-2

The MBTA has scheduled necessary track maintenance activities on the Orange Line for this weekend, Saturday, August 1st and Sunday, August 2nd. Weekend service will be suspended between Forest Hills and Ruggles Stations. During the suspension of service, work crews will remove and replace rail   …Continue Reading MBTA Orange Line Service Alert: Suspension of Weekend Service August 1-2