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.
MBTA: Weekend Commuter Boat Service Returns May 28 posted on May 26
MassDOT weekend commuter boat service will be provided for the third year between Hingham, Hull, Georges Island, Grape Island and Boston. The service begins Memorial Day weekend and will continue through the Labor Day weekend. “Commuter ferry service on the weekends during the two previous …Continue Reading MBTA: Weekend Commuter Boat Service Returns May 28
Boston: Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Project Community Meeting posted on May 26
MassDOT has scheduled a community meeting for the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Reconstruction Project as follows: Thursday, June 2, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Jacob Sleeper Auditorium (CGS 129), Boston University, 871 Commonwealth Avenue. The Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Reconstruction Project will replace the existing superstructure …Continue Reading Boston: Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Project Community Meeting
Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel posted on May 24
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