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Posted by Jeff Mullan, MassDOT Secretary & Chief Executive Officer

The proudest days I have spent as a public official are those which involve MassDOT’s response to an emergency.  We had a couple of those days this week.  The damage through the Pioneer Valley and southwestern Worcester County is devastating.  Our response has been impressive.

Yesterday, I was with Governor Patrick at the MEMA bunker in Framingham and later in the day was in Worcester.  Today, I am in the Brimfield and Monson areas visiting with our crews and local officials.  It’s days like these that remind us of our mission and make us feel that the work we do really helps people. 

While I was in Worcester, I had a great conversation with Senator Harriette Chandler.  Senator Chandler has been a strong supporter of transportation for many years and she has consistently expressed a genuine interest in our programs and in the objectives of transportation reform.  Turns out that she was traveling on the Mass Pike on Wednesday when she heard warnings on the radio to take cover in the nearest building, which just happened to be the John T. Driscoll Building in Weston.  Senator Chandler told me that she promptly got off the road, went into our offices and spent two delightful hours with Paul Molloy, Bob Buckley, William Riley, and James Ouzounian.  She praised their professionalism in particular.  Her experience made her day and her story made mine.

I spoke with the Governor’s office late last night and they wanted me to know how much they appreciated MassDOT’s response to this week’s emergency.  We talked about the floods, snowstorms, and other events we have faced together over the past few years and they noted that ours was a response to which they are now accustomed.  To me, it’s one more step on the road to transportation excellence.  Bravo.

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