Posted by Jeff Mullan, MassDOT Secretary & CEO
On Friday, I had the honor of attending the groundbreaking ceremony for Mary Soo Hoo Park at the Chinatown Gate on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. I was joined by members of the Soo Hoo family, Mayor Thomas Menino, officials from MassDOT, the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the City of Boston, staff of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Senator Chang-Diaz, Representative Michlewitz, Councilor Linehan, and other civic leaders from the area.
Soon, the park will be a beautiful place to relax in the neighborhood. It will also feature a wonderful piece of public art on our vent building that is being installed in cooperation with the Museum of Fine Arts. We are all looking forward to the park’s completion.
I didn’t know Mary Soo Hoo, but know from my conversations with her family and Mayor Menino that she was quite a woman. I noted at the ceremony how wonderful it is for her family that she is being honored by naming this park in her memory. It is a genuine tribute and one of which her family is justifiably proud. I was pleased to meet them all.
I’ll remember the day for its simplicity and for the fact that the park brings together the memory of an old friend – Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who did so much to make the Greenway happen – and a tribute to new friends – the Soo Hoo family, leaders in the Chinatown community.
The Kennedys and the Soo Hoos – two great American families.
Chelsea: Silver Line Gateway Project Bridge Closure posted on May 22
MassDOT will close the Washington Avenue Bridge in Chelsea on Tuesday, May 26 at 10:00 AM as part of the Silver Line Gateway Project. Appropriate detour signs will be in place to redirect traffic and pedestrians, and identify relocated bus stops. The bridge closure is …Continue Reading Chelsea: Silver Line Gateway Project Bridge Closure
MBTA: Refurbished Green Line Trolleys Returning to Service posted on May 22
The first MBTA Green Line refurbished trolley car was returned to service this week. T personnel are completing test runs on the next refurbished car to return to service in the coming days. These are the first of 86 that are being refurbished. All 86 …Continue Reading MBTA: Refurbished Green Line Trolleys Returning to Service
Travel Safely Memorial Day Weekend! posted on May 20
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is expected Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between 1pm …Continue Reading Travel Safely Memorial Day Weekend!